Shirkey thanks governor for clarity, but expresses concern with “Stay Home, Stay Safe” order impact on home construction

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, today issued the following statement regarding Governor Whitmer’s enforcement of the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” executive order, specifically pertaining to home construction:

“Senate Republicans appreciate the open lines of communication with our Governor in the drafting of executive orders pertaining to the COVID-19 outbreak. Many of her signed orders reflect suggestions made by Senate members on behalf of their constituents.

This week, we asked our Governor whether her ‘Stay Home, Stay Safe’ executive order allows homebuilding projects already in process to be completed, as orders in states like Ohio allow. While we are thankful the Governor clarified that these sites can be weatherized and secured from theft, we still believe these projects should be allowed to finish with proper safety and health precautions.

We hope our Governor reconsiders this interpretation of her order that will risk the financial investment of Michigan residents and may leave some with uncertainty as to where they will live. Homebuilding projects already in process should be allowed to proceed in a safe way,” said Shirkey.