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Shirkey says Governor coming around to what Senate Republicans have been fighting for

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Whitmer’s announcement:

“For several weeks, Senate Republicans have been fighting for a commonsense, regional approach to managing the impact of COVID-19 in Michigan. We are cautiously optimistic that the Governor may be coming around to what we have known for some time, that our citizens are ready and able to safely resume daily life.

We also called for transparency from the Governor. Michigan residents deserve to see behind the curtain and understand how decisions impacting their lives and livelihoods are being made. We believe our citizens should have access to the same data used by the Governor to make decisions about when and how regions are reopened. In the absence of transparency, the Governor’s decisions seem arbitrary, at best, and fuel frustration and confusion.

The Senate Republicans suggested changes weeks ago. We continue to be ready to partner with the Governor to improve the process and deliver a smarter plan for Michigan. In the case of Gov. Whitmer, we suppose it’s better late than never,” said Shirkey.