Shirkey responds to Governor’s desire to extend emergency declaration

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement in response to Governor Whitmer’s desire for a 70-day extension of Michigan’s emergency declaration:

“Throughout this emergency, we have maintained a cooperative relationship with our Governor in order to combat the presence of COVID-19 in Michigan. We agree that emergency circumstances persist in our state and are prepared to support an extension of the Governor’s emergency declaration, but feel a 70-day extension is too long.

Furthermore, we feel it is important to point out that our support for a reasonable extension of the emergency declaration does not transfer to support for a lengthy extension of the current ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ order.

The circumstances surrounding the outbreak of this virus in Michigan change rapidly and often. The conditions we are experiencing today will likely be different than those we encounter next week, next month, or in 70 days. As such, we feel a much shorter extension is logical to help protect our citizens and support our health systems.

We will pursue a reasonable extension of the emergency declaration and look forward to working with the Governor,” said Shirkey.