(TargetLiberty.org) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer has doubled down on her lockdown policy in the face of opposition from businesses, citizens and even her own state legislature. Michigan has one of the toughest lockdowns in the country and Whitmer had already extended it three times. Now she’s imposed a fourth extension, this time running through May 28.
The new extension does offer some relaxation of the rules. Whitmer has cleared manufacturing businesses to go back to work next Monday, as long as they temperature-screen workers and implement some other safety precautions. However, “non-essential” businesses have to stay closed, and other restrictions that ban people from leaving home except for approved work, essential errands or limited exercise, have to stay in place.
We’ve attempted to partner with our governor, but she’s rejected. We offered cooperation, but instead she chose court. This was avoidable, but today we filed a lawsuit in our state to challenge her unconstitutional actions. The law in Michigan is clear, and nobody is above it.
— Lee Chatfield (@LeeChatfield) May 6, 2020
Just a day before Whitmer pushed the latest extension through by executive order, the speaker and majority leader of the state House filed a legal challenge, claiming Whitmer is overstepping her authority.
Whitmer has collided with the state legislature before during this crisis; on May 5, she vetoed a bill that would’ve placed limits on her executive powers.
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