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Shirkey says Gov. Whitmer does not care about family businesses

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, issued the following statement regarding Gov. Whitmer continuing to stand in the way of restaurants fully reopening:

“Gov. Whitmer makes clear with her actions today that she does not care about family businesses.  Michigan business owners who work, day-in and day-out, in pursuit of their American dream are teetering on the brink of failure.  Restaurants have been closed despite there being no evidence to suggest they are a significant source of virus spread.”

“Granting restaurant owners an arbitrary and meager percentage of operating capacity will not help them bring their businesses back from the brink of failure.  If the governor thinks 25 percent is adequate, perhaps Gov. Whitmer should only receive 25 percent of her salary.”

“Senate Republicans know families who are trying desperately to keep their businesses afloat.  We have passed legislation to deliver financial support to businesses disproportionately impacted by Gov. Whitmer’s closure policies.  And, we will continue to fight to fully reopen Michigan’s economy and pursue additional ways to reduce costs for our local businesses,” said Shirkey.