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Shirkey dismayed by Gov. Whitmer’s continued closure of local businesses

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement:

“Today’s announcement is another display of the tone-deaf response we continue to hear from the Governor. Overreach by the Governor has crippled an entire industry and peripheral supply chain businesses.”

“Further, the notion that she can select a perfect time for restaurants to open as opposed to allowing these local businesses to open when they are ready, continues the ‘government knows best’ attitude from the executive branch that is causing people and capital to leave Michigan.”

“The Governor is still unable to identify the data to justify the original sin of forced closures, let alone the repeated punishment of a single industry forced to bear the responsibility of an entire state in preventing the spread of COVID. It seems the Governor’s reasoning behind today’s announcement is simply that she has realized she cannot sustain this continued abuse of families and their livelihoods. Unfortunately, her action is likely too little, too late for many Michiganders.”

“There never was science or data to support the destruction of lives and livelihoods. And because the Governor never established causation, she may likely do it again.”

“In the meantime, we join others who see this light at the end of the tunnel and we pray it comes in time for our local businesses to remain afloat.”