Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to extend stay-home order past May 1

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said that she likely will seek an extension to the state’s stay-home order beyond May 1. (Photo courtesy of the governor's office)

April 24 update: Gov. Gretchen Whitmer expected to extend stay-home order until May 15

LANSING — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday she wants to extend her stay-at-home order beyond May 1 as her administration begins restarting an economy that has been on lockdown the past month to slow the spread of the deadly coronavirus. 

An extension without significant modifications could be opposed by legislative Republicans, who have lobbied the Democratic governor to relax business rules in certain sectors or regions of the state with fewer confirmed COVID-19 cases. 

Whitmer and a team of advisers are developing a plan to begin reopening the economy she is expected to discuss Friday. But in a media address from Lansing, the first-term governor appeared to try and lower expectations of an immediate transition. 

“I want to be clear, we will likely need another short-term extension of the stay home, stay safe order,” Whitmer said. 

“When we do start to re-engage, it will have to be very thoughtful and precise, mitigating risk to all and mitigating the risk of a second wave. But we will start to re-engage.”

Whitmer said the state is seeing encouraging signs after recording 34,000 positive cases of coronavirus and more than 2,800 deaths. But she warned that reopening Michigan too soon could prompt a second wave of infections and said the state must continue ramping up testing.

“We see these signs and know that perhaps we can start to take some small steps forward,” Whitmer said, indicating it is “an appropriate time to reassess the breadth” of her current order. “It will be in waves. There will be some form of a stay-at-home order in effect for a long time here.”

Gideon D’Assandro, spokesperson for Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, said “the focus right now” is working with Whitmer on the House-proposed plan to reopen businesses in certain counties with lower rates of infection, “especially the most updated federal safety guidelines, a regional approach, and much-needed fairness for Main Street small businesses who are not allowed to sell items at curbside or for delivery that big box stores and online retailers currently can.”

A spokesperson for Senate Republicans did not immediately respond to a request for comment. 

It’s unclear what would happen if Whitmer sought to extend her stay-home order but was opposed by lawmakers. Republicans contend she cannot continue to act unilaterally if they do not extend her emergency authority beyond the end of April. Legislators last extended her emergency declaration — which is separate from her stay-home order — on April 7.

Speaking with Bridge Magazine earlier Wednesday, Senate Appropriations Chair Jim Stamas said he now would “not be in support” of extending Whitmer’s emergency authority beyond April 30.

The Midland Republican, who owns a pizza restaurant, said he’s “anxious” to hear more from the governor about her plans to re-open the economy. That will “certainly make a difference” in the ongoing debate over a legislative extension, he said. 

Whitmer argues she derives her emergency authority from two separate laws: The Emergency Management Act of 1976, which requires a legislative extension every 28 days, and The Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which does require any legislative action for continuance.

“My powers come from a couple different parts of statute, and so I believe that regardless of what the Legislature does, I still retain those powers,” the governor said Monday in a separate briefing. “But I would like for them to be partners in this.”

There are significant differences between the two emergency power laws, Whitmer said Monday. In particular, the 1976 statute, which requires legislative sign off, shields health care professionals from legal liability for services provided at the request of the state. 

That’s an important protection for “frontline” workers battling the pandemic at crowded Metro Detroit hospitals, the governor told reporters, and one that can't continue without legislative sign off.

“We’re trying to draw more people into the frontline, so we’ve made it easier for people to join up and we’ve given them protections for doing that — for doing their job,” she said. “So staying in a state of emergency simply so that our health care frontline workers have the protections that they need is absolutely essential.”

If the Legislature decides not to extend the emergency declaration under the 1976 law, Whitmer wouldn’t have to do anything else to extend the stay-home order, said Peter Ruddell, a lawyer at Honigman law firm and a former aide to GOP Senate Majority Leader Dan DeGrow. 

“Both laws give the governor incredibly broad powers” to take action under a declaration of disaster or emergency, he said, so Republicans would have little luck arguing in court that she needs their approval. 

However, Republicans may be able to argue that she overextended her powers under the emergency declarations by broadening the scope to address the “health, economic, and social harms” of the emergency, Ruddell said. “Such a declaration of emergency could arguably be beyond the police powers of the state.”

Both sides may prefer to negotiate and stick with the 1975 law to protect first responders. But if it goes to court, Ruddell said, “this is untested. We’ve never had a separation of powers issue in this state that has reached litigation of this magnitude.”

Michigan House Republicans released their own recommendations for Whitmer on Monday morning, proposing what they called a “risk-based, regional approach” to relax travel rules across the state but maintain stricter standards in counties with higher case numbers like Wayne, Oakland and Macomb.

Even in those “highest risk” counties, House Republicans want Whitmer to remove restrictions on large retailers that she ordered to close their paint, flooring and outdoors sections. And Republicans want the governor to adopt new federal guidance that could allow for more construction crews and landscapers to return to work. 

Under current rules, “even residents who work alone in areas of the state with very low occurrences of COVID-19 are precluded from earning a paycheck or participating in perfectly safe outdoor activities, causing everything from confusion and frustration to unnecessary job loss and hardship,” Chatfield said Monday. 

The House Republican plan envisions a three-phase process for “returning to a new normal,” but legislative leaders did not set a clear timeline for how long that might take.

Under a separate Senate GOP plan, sports arenas and concert venues that attract large crowds could not open to the public until there is no active spread of the coronavirus for 30 days or until a vaccine has been available for 30 days, which likely won’t happen soon.

Whitmer, who has said there are “some good ideas” in those plans, is developing her own framework with advice from an “economic recovery council” co-chaired by DTE Energy Chairman Gerry Anderson and former Henry Ford Health System CEO Nancy Schlichting. 

Other health care advisers include Beaumont Health President and CEO John Fox, Henry Ford Health System President, CEO Wright Lassiter III, Munson Healthcare President and CEO Ed Ness and Brian Peters, CEO of the Michigan Health and Hospitals Association. 

On the business side, Whitmer’s advisory team includes General Motors Chairman and CEO Mary Barra, Dow CEO Jim Fitterling, Steelcase President and CEO Jim Keane and Meijer CEO Rick Keyes, along with labor leaders like AFL-CIO President Ron Bieber and UAW President Rory Gamble.

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Duh
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:17pm

Makes sense. It's working. Love you, Gretchen! Keep our families and working people safe.

Knell
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:37pm

Gretchen, quit commenting on articles about yourself.

Funny
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:21pm

But don't think Whitmer has time to read and comment here. Nice try though.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:28am

The virus does not respond to arbitrary prayers, wishes, or political whims. It did not disappear by Easter or spring or whatever. It most certainly will now just disappear in a week. So WE MUST BE PREPARED. It's still just as contagious as it always was and hospitals/healthcare workers STILL LACK PPE.

Hey entrepreneurs, if you want to make some money or God forbid even volunteer to help humanity, start producing hospital gowns. They are non existent and healthcare workers that have them are reusing them, possibly spreading germs.

How can you open the economy when we lack the necessary basics like testing and supplies to do business, any business? There are still some supermarket workers that aren't wearing masks. I don't know about you, but I won't be going to any restaurants until this is under control and workers are fully protected.

So please, GOP legislature, work with the governor to provide the things we NEED to reopen the economy. Don't just posture and pose demanding change. In the end, most people will not go out and support the economy if they do not feel safe.

The ones who think they are immune, the ones who protest, the ones going to church, in sum all the people who have been flaunting or disregarding the stay at home orders will most likely get sick, pass the infection to others, and prolong the economic hardships. Many will also die.

To analogize, it's like a bunch of little boys playing with fire in their garage and trying to get other kids to play with them. They think because their house is brick, it's safe. Then they accidentally ignite some nearby flammables stored there causing a fire that spreads throughout the neighborhood, burning all the houses, brick and frame, alike, some damaged more than others, some completely destroyed. Many old people and people with special needs die in their homes because they couldn't get out, some firefighters die too trying to rescue all the people and put out all the fires. The local hospitals can't handle the large number of burn victims, etc. All this happens because some dumb kids wanted to play with matches. Guys, grow up and use common sense. You don't play with fire.

Don
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:50am

I do not like he she a closet republicans just like grandMOLD>>> But she is doing right on this problem!!!!

Epidemiology
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:20pm

Follow Fauci, not bullies with their panties in a bunch.

Armchair Epidem...
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 6:12pm

Wasn't Fauci the guy who went on TV on February 29 and said "there’s no need to change anything that you’re doing on a day by day basis... the risk is still low" (he was)? I love the people who cherry pick 'experts' like Fauci, saying that we should "follow him" when he has good advice but "ignore him" when he has bad advice, and the whole time these people pretend that they are "following the science." And I love how 'Epidemiology' commands you ("follow") and then calls people who have different views a name ("bullies"), rather than rely on arguments based on reason, science, consistent arguments, and logical reasoning. This virus is really exposing people for who they really are- those who love liberty and freedom and the common people and the workers, and those who love power and authority and the elites and the so-called experts.

Science rules
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:04pm

Fauci forever!

Matt G.
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:23am

Some of those who claim to love liberty and freedom and "the common people" don't give a crap about the freedom of healthcare workers to work in a safe environment and keep their families safe.

Whenever you say "so-called experts" you expose yourself as anti-learning and declare yourself an armchair expert. You know better from the safety behind your keyboard. As for Fauci, you're cherrypicking yourself by looking at a single statement from a guy who is under immense pressure from the president (speaking of loving power and authority) to follow the president's narrative, and the guy risks his job every time he doesn't toe the line.

Hazmat
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:31pm

I agree with everything you said about Fauci, Matt G. Just want to add that some of those who claim to love liberty and freedom and "the common people" don't give a crap about the freedom of WORKERS in general to work in a safe environment and keep their families safe. We can't reopen the economy until we have both widespread testing as well as appropriate protections for all workers and customers, until we have a vaccine. Otherwise we've done all these scarifies in vain, only to have infections spikes again.

Bobby Joe
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:25pm

Wow- that The Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945 is quite a dozy of a law. It allows a Governor to declare anything they want an emergency and then exercise essentially dictatorial powers over the citizens of Michigan. The limitations in it and qualifiers in it are vague and open-ended and there is no oversight provided- this law could be really abused. It's not a long law- I suggest that rather than listening to what the Chinese News Network says about it, that you read it yourself-
http://legislature.mi.gov/doc.aspx?mcl-Act-302-of-1945

The Emergency Management Act of 1976 is different, and the Governor has likely been violating it from the beginning. The Act requires that the Governor specifically state the "conditions permitting the termination of the state of disaster" in Section 3 and Section 4. The closest that the Governor's Executive Order comes to this is stating in section 16 that she will "evaluate the continuing need for this order" and then she lists broad topics she'll think about. I would argue (in court if need be) that that section does not in actuality lay out any conditions, and thus violates the law. The purpose of the law was to make sure that the Governor had an exit plan before declaring an emergency, and clearly the Governor has no exit plan- there are no conditions that could possibly be met or unmet in her Executive Order. Thus she derives no authority from The Emergency Management Act of 1976. She could have, if she would have established some conditions on how to end the emergency- but she doesn't seem too keen on giving up power and authority and sharing responsibility and listening to others, now does she?

Cripe
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:52pm

Just count the bodies, loser. There's a worldwide pandemic.

Bobby Joe
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 7:04pm

Sadly, we're up to 2800 dead now from this Chinese virus. In 2018, we had about 2000 that died by April from respiratory illness and 700 that had died by April of influenza- were you counting the bodies back in 2018? 1800 people die every month of cancer in Michigan and we've stopped doing cancer screenings because of this virus- are you going to be counting the increase in body bags? 200 people die from suicide every month in Michigan, and there is a direct correlation between a rise in unemployment and a rise in suicides- are you going to be counting the body bags that result from the increase in suicides that resulted from shutting down the economy? Or do those bodies not count because they don't serve your political purposes?

Knell
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:38pm

Bobby don't try to reason with these people, they've lost their mind and will have to go in the next civil war. They're lost.

Be Civil
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:37am

The people with the confederate flags LOST the civil war. That makes them LOSERS. Let that sink in for a moment. They weren't the sharpest tools in the shed. They were just tools.

The virus doesn't care how big your gun is or how many rounds you can fire when you bromance your protest buddies. You're just infecting each other. Let that sink in too. If there's going to be a civil war again. It will be easily won with the dummies killing themselves, like John McDaniels and so many others already have.

Following Through
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 1:04pm

Actually, the real reason for the Civil war was about Federalism - the Lincoln side and the North vs. the States' Rights to govern themselves by the South. https://www.historynet.com/causes-of-the-civil-war While slavery was a core issue, the Southern states claimed it was up to them to decide about how their economy was run and not the federal government. Once again, we are looking at a States' Rights vs Federalism in this situation. The ones who lost the civil war were on the States' rights side which it appears you are now promoting. (Yes there are some far-Right nuts and some far-Left loonies in all movements).

FY
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:56pm

You're a useless knob, Following Through.

"While slavery was a core issue, the Southern states claimed it was up to them to decide about how their economy was run and not the federal government." So we're just supposed to ignore the human trafficking slavery part, you SOB? "Once again, we are looking at a States' Rights vs Federalism in this situation." That's all? But you never feel that way when you disagree with how states vote. It's shocking that the GOP, the party of Lincoln, today embraces people waving confederate flags and, let's not sugarcoat it, they embrace white supremacists, as we all saw in Charlottesville. To hell with all of you.

Revere
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:14pm

FY, you are failing to use even basic logic and reasoning here. What he says is absolutely correct; It is a matter of history.
You are literally an insane person.
Do you have a therapist?

Good Atheist
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:17pm

Freedom of people in states to own other people and their descendants in perpetuity. Now that's a proud heritage for sociopaths.

Ronnie L
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:16pm

You seem to forget that after those people lost the war, they were again the brethren and citizens of those who won.

I suppose such a thought would escape a communist mind like your own. You'd just as soon execute anyone you consider a "LOSER", wouldn't you.

The rebel flag stood for rebellion, btw - Not slavery. That's another fact commonly ignored by your type.

Sorry
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:43pm

"You seem to forget that after those people lost the war, they were again the brethren and citizens of those who won." Including African Americans? I don't think so. You losers still try to enslave them with jim crow, imprisonment, redlining, and voter suppression, just to name a few. The confederate flag is racist per se. It does symbolize slavery and it is the symbol of LOSERS, like you.

Seasoned Flus
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:45am

Show us proof of a necessary medical visit or cancer screening cancelled because of coronavirus. The oncologists are still working, but because of the coronavirus strain on the hospitals, those oncologists are now being forced to also work in the ICU's. The pandemic is creating a national emergency that is REAL, you dolt. So ignoring the virus is not going to help with scheduling cancer screenings. That's just one rebuttal to your string of lies that you continue to spread like a Russian bot. You must love Moscow Mitch and Trump's buddies, Putin, Xi, etc. Trump is too afraid to call it "Chinese virus" so he has his minions like you do it. You are nothing more than a lying sycophant.

Bobby Joe
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:55am

You asked for proof, here it is- a story from NPR-
https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2020/04/02/825937343/as-corona...
Here is an important quote- "At the American Cancer Society, Deputy Chief Medical Officer Dr. Len Lichtenfeld is hearing from patients across the country who are having their chemotherapy delayed or surgery canceled."

If I were to provide evidence after evidence, logical argument after logical argument, reason after reason... would it even matter to a person like 'Seasoned Flus'? I hope that independents, moderates, and non-partisan people read these comments and can see what those who push the Democrat agenda sound and act like.

Not true
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:37pm

That's a total misrepresentation of the article, which btw is several weeks old, April 2. Three weeks matter immensely in this coverage. It was saying that because COVID19 is so serious, doctors are scrambling to schedule other important treatments while being overwhelmed. It's not because COVID19 is just seasonal flu and people are overreacting to it. To the contrary, COVID19, a worldwide pandemic, is so infectious and so demanding in services that it requires most our attention. My Mom has breast cancer and she gets all the services she needs. None have been delayed.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:01pm

Ask her to talk to her oncologist about what they've been doing for patients with scans or related diagnostic treatments this month. She's incredibly fortunate (and kudos to her for fighting!) that her treatment that hasn't been affected. *You* have no clue what's been happening behind the scenes.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:32pm

It is absolutely true that Cancer patients (& many others!) have had screenings and treatments affected. Do your own research, then consider who's not being seen in those hospitals that were closed last week!

you're parroting the "national crisis" talking points but don't have a clue about what's really happening.

Truth
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:51pm

If anything, it's because cancer is an underlying condition and cancer patients need to see if what they have can be made worse by other patients and doctors that may have coronavirus. What is your solution, pretend coronavirus isn't a big deal?

Anonymous
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:18am

The hospitals are no where near full and the "pandemic" cases are dropping, yet people are being turned away. They need to stop the panic and start letting things resume slowly. Not keep everything locked down.

Matt G.
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:28am

The 1918 Flu started in Kansas, so make sure you refer to it as the "American flu" or "Kansas virus" when you talk about it. You know, for political reasons.

We have 2800 for a SINGLE VIRUS dead WITH A LOCKDOWN, and you're comparing it to a normal year for ALL RESPIRATORY viruses that we have vaccines and treatments and immunity for. The sheer lack of thinking and/or mental gymnastics you're doing/not doing to make your point is staggering.

Bobby Joe
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 1:51pm

The numbers I cited were indeed from Jan-April, so they were indeed already comparable. I figured you’d be unable to do the math, so I had already divided annual numbers in 3rd. So my point Remains unchallenged that there are other things that are killing in far greater numbers that we are not reacting to like this. If you’re going to hysterically name-call, You need to read and understand first. You’re embarrassing yourself, and making it more apparent what side of the argument has logic and reasoning and data and science, and what side doesn’t.

Beth
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:29pm

More of the same --Gretchen doesn't tell us anything but to "stay tuned". Laying off State employees and filing their unemployment for them while thousands of others can't get through is appalling.

I hear you
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 5:17pm

I still haven't gotten my stimulus check and my brother can't get his small business loan.

Bad President
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:08pm

Those are all federal programs that Trump is administering poorly.

Lets trust the ...
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:40am

And Gretchen is the one keeping people from working without the state providing any additional support. Relying 100% on the federal government.... BTW. I hate you for making me have to defend Trump and the federal government. That idiot will surely bankrupt this country and our governor is enabling it.

Gov Cheese
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:54pm

You love Trump. You're just angry he's giving all the money to his buddies.

Dear Partisans
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 4:54pm

What does the governor have to gain by following Trump's guidelines and opening the economy with care like all the other regional governors, Republican and Democratic?

Good Job!
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 5:15pm

Michigan was third in the country for new cases, now seventh!

https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/country/us/

That Stay at Home orders worked really well. Come on everyone, let's not let our guard down now. We can get the economy back faster if we stop gathering for protests and church service. The quicker it's done, the quicker we can enjoy the nice weather in peace.

Silent Majority
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:07pm

Good, you can't argue with that. I'm so glad Whitmer had taken courageous measures and not backed down to bullies.

Knell
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:39pm

Not a single number on that site is statistically relevant for the USA population. You dolt. Go take a statistics class.

Knell NOledge
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:52am

So you should prove it. Businesses rely on the information from that website. If you can prove otherwise, then we can reopen our economy.

Dude, why are you hiding your knowledge. Give us your insight, a website, something besides your opinion.

Brett
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:19am

Don't listen to the Nervous Knelly, never relies on facts.

Shocking
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:10am

Yes, Michigan is now doing better than Illinois in terms of new cases. Michigan has clearly been going in the right direction. Meanwhile the US is number one in the world for new cases and deaths: https://www.worldometers.info/coronavirus/
It seems President Trump could learn a thing or two from Governor Whitmer about effectively tackling this pandemic, Chinese flu, or whatever he wants to call it, instead of sowing chaos and constantly undermining his advisors, like Fauci.

Smith
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 8:54pm

I believe she is doing a great job amongst the pandemic and the people complaining...I would rather be safe than sorry...and to add i am not working but that is ok because i want to be safe...and to add i am not a Democrat or a Republican...keep up the good work!!!!

Ben Frankfurt
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:08am

Benjamin Franklin once said "They who can give up essential liberty to obtain a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety." You have expressed a desire to gain potential safety in a shut down (but not assured safety since it has not been proven that these shutdowns will result in less people getting the virus or dying of it) and have offered to exchange for that giving up your civil liberties and your right to work. You seem to believe you will regain your civil liberties, your right to work, and a sense of normalness after this is all done, but there is little evidence that this will happen and lots of evidence that it won't.

Since you're pretending to be 'non-partisan', let's play it non-partisan. After 9/11 Americans gave the US government more control over our lives to battle terrorism- the US Government still has these controls in place today (Patriot Act). After the stock market crashed, the US Government put in place temporary measures to help overcome the temporary depression- almost all of those programs continue to exist today (almost 100 years later).

Fear, confusion, uncertainty, and pressure to conform are not being applied on you so that you can have your right to free speech better protected. Those forces are not encouraging you to be more secure in your home from criminals. Those emotions are not being deployed against you so that you are more free to go to work, eat at a restaurant, or visit your family. Freedom, liberty, and protection of property rights are not being increased by fear, confusion, uncertainty, and the pressure to conform.

Franklin knew that caving in to a tyrannical executive who wielded almost unlimited powers who was pushing partisan and extreme policies was wrong. He knew that sometimes you must fight if you are to have any chance for real liberty and independence in your lives. So Smith, I hope that you find wisdom and strength and courage to do what is right in these tough times, and don't give up- fight for liberty, prosperity, the right to work, and the right to speak freely on these issues!

Yawn
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 5:58pm

The stay at home order is working. Not is no time for knee jerk responses and drama queens. You're not Ben Franklin. It's 2020. Get on the internet and make money.

Southerner
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 9:47pm

Meanwhile the South starts to get back to business!

LOL
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:00am

Yeah, "the south shall rise again" LOL Bless your heart! The south is back to monkey business opening tatoo and massage parlors! So necessary right now! NOT and not safe. Are those just fronts for prostitution? They aren't even counting the dead in the south unless they are residents, sorry snowbirds that spent the winter there and died because of poor leadership.

https://www.tampabay.com/news/health/2020/04/13/florida-surpasses-20000-...

Popcorn Please
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:22am

Southerner, why does President Trump think it's a bad idea? Trump said he told Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp that he “disagreed strongly” with Kemp’s decision to begin allowing some nonessential businesses to soon reopen.

middle of the mit
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:16pm

I will just say this, if the economy opens up and people who have money come up here, they better bring their own food supply.

I don't know how things are down there, but ours are just now starting to be more stocked, unless your looking for TP and paper towel.

It's no different up here than it is down there. Everything I have been trying to tell you. Just less people. Double our population and add in a disease and things are going to be interesting.

But they want it.

But if you start crimping their food supply?

At some point in time there will be a reckoning.

And if they start getting sick?

It's what they asked for.

People can put the blame on me for all they want for whatever you want. I don't make the rules. Call me a leftist. What is that? Someone who cares about the people? I would have preferred ALL of the stimulus money went DIRECTLY TO small businesses with less than 50 employees and less than $10,000,000 in gross income. But you are not dealing with a leftist in the Senate. Of the Michigan Senate or the Federal Senate.

And this leftist would have made sure that the banksters wouldn't have been able to skim off the top!

If I am a leftist....

What does that make you?

So, since you are all for opening up, how do you propose that the Northern section of MI opens up when we don't even have enough food to supply ourselves? You remember that ohh so awesome display of power that we saw last week?

Those are the people the from up here.

I would ask them, if we don't have enough supply for ourselves, how do you think things are going to go when our population doubles or triples?

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:24am

I grew up in a small northern Michigan town. When times are good, the State shares nothing with them. When times are bad, they take care of it themselves. Your concerns are misplaced. They will be just fine.

Yep
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:32am

Thank God for roadkill or as we say up here "free food".

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 7:11pm

But you are so wrong. You don't know how many people up here are on food stamps. Probably not that many any more since republicans made it so that you can only be eligible for 3 years of your life.

Those are the people suffering up here. Unfortunately there are a lot of them.

But it is what it is. Republican only care about those who have money. Spray it anyway you want. It isn't any different with economics. Republicans think that economics drive the economy. Well............? The more people the more economics. You don't think Kansas or Nebraska or Montana are the economic engines of the country..........do you?

If our country is built upon economics and most if not a Great majority of that economic engine is in urban areas..........what does that leave?

Move to those States. There is a reason that FOX News Headquarters are in the biggest taxhole in the World.

Can you figure it out?

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:06am

Food distributors will deliver where needed based on demographic patterns, healthcare not so quickly.

Sara Galler
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 10:50pm

She's destroying families for her own career. She has to be stopped.

Sad
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:10am

The majority are taking the economic blows because we'd rather be alive with little than dead having amassed a lot. The governor's efforts are clearly working, despite the few people who willingly want to spread the virus just to make her look bad.

Kimberly calvin
Wed, 04/22/2020 - 11:14pm

I for one feel extending the order is the only choice. I respect the governor for doing the right thing among all the backlash and naysayers. I voted for her and she does not disappoint ....

Tory
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:12am

I didn't vote for her, but I have to say I agree. She's doing a good job. Now's not the time to play party politics. The only people disappointing me are the people who insist on gathering for silly reasons.

Embarrassed
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:00am

Rules, orders, powers, safety, death, leaders, CEO's, statute, law, risk, new normal, sit, stay. Words, Mr. Wordsworth.

Jesus
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:14am

How about this one: LOVE

middle of the mit
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 3:41am

https://politicalwire.com/2020/04/22/trump-slams-kemp-for-reopening-geor...

Said Trump: “So do I agree with him? No. But I respect him and I’ll let him make his decision. Would I do that? No. I want to protect people’s lives. But I’m going to let him to make his decision. But I told him I totally disagree.”

He added: “They can wait a little bit longer. Safety has to predominate.”

https://politicalwire.com/2020/04/22/cdc-director-doesnt-walk-back-state...

President Trump called the headline in the Post — “CDC director warns second wave of coronavirus is likely to be even more devastating” — “ridiculous” and “fake news.” Redfield said he found the headline “inappropriate” but that he was accurately quoted in the story.

https://politicalwire.com/2020/04/22/pence-believes-pandemic-will-be-in-...

Said Pence: “We truly do believe as we move forward, with responsibly beginning to reopen the economy in state after state around the country, that by early June, we could be at a place where this coronavirus epidemic is largely in the past.”

https://politicalwire.com/2020/04/22/banks-gave-rich-clients-concierge-t...

“The federal government’s $349 billion aid program for small businesses devastated by the coronavirus pandemic was advertised as first-come, first-served. As many business owners found out, it was anything but,” the New York Times reports.

“That’s because some of the nation’s biggest banks, including JPMorgan Chase, Citibank and U.S. Bank, prioritized the applications of their wealthiest clients before turning to other loan seekers.”

Are you conservatives willing to go head to head?

You might wish that didn't.

The swamp needs to be drained.

And frankly, to the conservatives on this board?

What are you waiting for? Stop ridiculing the Governor who is trying to help our citizens and start questioning the Leader of The Federal Government that refuses to do due diligence to protect HIS people! You do realize WE are ALL his people?

Then act like it!

Ohhh you already are by protesting?

Then get it. Contract it, give it to those whom you love and watch them get sick. If you are up north, this is the future you have to look forward to. I am sorry.

I tried to warn you. You refused to heed the warning. It's coming.

Matt
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 7:39am

So trying to understand your position, you're saying we should stay under lockdown if Whitmer wants it, until after the second wave (assuming no vaccine) or wait for the third wave to pass? But what about the forth wave? Aren't those lives worth saving?

Go Mitt Middle!
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:21am

Whitmer and the other sane Midwest governors, Republicans and Democrats, should work together to implement strategies that will get our economies running as best they can while doing their best to protect our safety, healthcare infrastructure. We can't overburden the systems that have been neglected for years. We have to learn from this mess and better prepare for the future. We can't just throw our hands up and scream "unprecedented" "who could have known?" "acts of God", you know all the usual things they say in the GOP when confronted by their spending complaints, when they prefer tax cuts and raiding the Treasury.

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 7:38pm

Still dense as ever aren't ya?

If we take your approach, which I am moving and more toward every day) there would be no wave Matt. It would be an inundation of death and sickness that would close everything down anyway.

What you don't understand is yes, people are going to die. But we can help Less people die than need to. And if we do things the way you want, you won't take responsibility for your actions. Conservatives will just wipe it away and so will the media. Just like if I were to do what the President told the World we should do and inject disinfectants into our system.

It's called personal responsibility Matt.

It's time you conservatives started following it like you tell the rest of us to.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:07am

I have tried in the past to reach the governor's office, but to no avail, so I will add this here, hoping that she reads Bridge comments. Some things to think about -
It doesn't matter which side of the fence you are on, NO ONE is going to hold the governor of any state responsible for deaths actually caused by coronavirus. This is because the virus is not their fault. They didn't bring it here, and really if they tried their best, then they tried their best.
However, things like job loss, homelessness, lack of access to basic medical/dental, depression, suicide, etc. ARE ALSO public health issues. They are public health issues that are directly caused by or made worse by these executive orders. There is only one signature at the bottom of an executive order, which makes the governor directly responsible for this. There is a lot of evidence that the governor's leadership is based on panic instead of level-headed decision making. After all, "just shut everything down" is the easiest possible move to make.
In addition, the fact that the governor continues to try to push the federal government with "my way or the highway" types of statements is a very partisan move and tells me clearly that she is an ineffective leader. Effective leaders try to understand and take into account ALL of the people that they lead. They also make and share plans for recovery. I have seen none of that.

Sandy
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:43am

That seems to be Trump's approach, no thanks. You're rant is verbatim GOP talking points without proof. Do you have statistics? Leaders need to lead and address the problem with courage, not just ignore it. You probably live in an area where the virus is not prevalent yet, but it spreads quickly when people undermine its threat. The dead bodies are real. The shortages are real. None of this is remotely similar to seasonal flu problems.

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:20pm

Hmm. So, ignore suicides then? Oh right, those are COVID deaths. I forgot.

Don
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:48am

she really wnats to get them brain damaged trump sheeps going!! NUTS

LOL
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:02pm

Doesn't take much.

kjmc
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:51am

I suspect this phrase: "... and The Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which does require any legislative action for continuance." - is missing the word "not". So that it should read "... and The Emergency Powers of Governor Act of 1945, which does *not* require any legislative action for continuance." I'm not saying anything about whether those powers are good or bad, just that the article makes a lot more sense if you put that missing word in.

Matt M.
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 8:51am

Does the 1945 law require or not require legislative approval? Might be a missing word up there.

1945
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:49pm

Does not. Google it and read it for yourself. That's why the Michigan GOP is trying to change it now, but we all expect a well-deserved veto.

Public Health C...
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:05am

Bridge, I believe you are missing a “not” in your 12th paragraph, when referring to the Emergency Powers Act of Governor Act of 1945, which does NOT require any legislative act for continuance. While the context of your article makes that clear, I’m just pointing out an inadvertent omission of a word. Sorry, I can’t help myself - I should have been an editor!

Dave
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:11am

I don't recall reading in the constitution that the function of government is to keep me "safe". The primary function of government is to protect the rights of the citizens. That is very different.

Matt G.
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:36am

Right, and the government is protecting my right to life and liberty by stopping idiots from infecting everyone en masse with a virus.

No worries
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:38am

You must have glossed over "promote the general welfare".

middle of the mit
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 7:32pm

That's funny!

Isn't that the very reason that conservatives think we need an military that has unlimited funds?

And how can government protect the rights of the citizens when conservatives think that government inhibits their rights?

Conservatives are the neighbor who doesn't think they need to put their dog on a leash because their dog never leaves the yard except to sniff your dog. And then when your dog chases their dog out your yard, they complain about your dog.

If Government has to protect in a time of war, President Trump declared himself a wartime President. What was he declaring war on? A virus that we were told to prepare for and then The President went and fired anyone who questioned him, fired Naval Captains for warning the sailors and then cut funding to the World Health Organization during a pandemic.

That's leadership!

Deneille Moes
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:29am

This is TYRANNY. To quarantine the healthy, the workers, the public... is tyranny. To remove what the Governor considers essentials is Communism.

Sorry not sorry
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:06pm

You could say that, but she has the law behind her. We have declarations of both a national and a state emergency. So it's all legit, otherwise Trump would stop her right? In fact, he's telling all the governors it's their call. I guess he believes in states' rights?

Gman
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:35am

Let me get this straight Covid deaths bad abortion deaths ok?

WOMAN
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:09pm

Yes, next!

Gman
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 9:40am

Vivid death = Bad,
Abortion death = acceptable

WOMAN
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:10pm

YES and YES. Good job!

Fix the damn order
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:00am

Of course she'd like to extend the order. If not for legislative oversight she would do it in a minute. She went too far with it and people understandably rebelled. Banning work or recreation which could be done safely never made sense. She claims to have "thick skin", but reacts like a child when challenged. Covid 19 is not going away any time soon. We need leadership going forward. She needs to step up, or step down.

Okay
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:12pm

Fix the damn testing and invoke defense production act to get wartime supplies. Then we can open the government.

Fix the damn order
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:36am

Open the the GOVERNMENT? What the heck does that mean? Government is doing well! It always does. Citizens and businesses are doing the suffering. Wartime supplies? The left's attacks only require the swipe of a pen. #Free Michigan

Fed up with Witless
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:37am

Gov. Witless wants to extend the financial pain as long as she can. The Democrats have calculated that their best chance to beat Trump is if the economy is suffering. Democrats like Gov. Witless are playing politics with the livelihood of the people of Michigan. No matter how long the stay at home order lasts all it is doing is delaying the inevitable. If you contract the virus you either recover and live or you do not and you die, there is very little any government can do to prevent the spread. Gretchen is a water-headed failure.

Make sense
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:14pm

Then why is she working with other governors, Democrats and Republicans? Are they all trying to defeat Trump?

Anonymous
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:50am

Get your heading right, she doesn’t WANT to extend the stay at home but she may have to because the cases are not on a downward trajectory yet. Did you not listen to her speech on Wednesday? Poor reporting intended to incite trouble

MAGA
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:18pm

It doesn't matter. Whitmer is just following Trump's guidelines.

Don’t agree wit...
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:09pm

I agree with the stay at home order but I do not agree with the order that you cannot buy paint furniture fluorine carpet or plants because people are at home doing nothing and if they’re able to buy these items like paint and plants they’re able to do something at home keeping their mind off this virus there are too many people that are depressed and if you’re able to do something other than do nothing at home they feel better

Gospel
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:17pm

Try volunteering. It feels great.

No furniture wh...
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:12pm

My mother is disabled and sleeps in a recliner recliner is broken she needs a new one and we can’t buy her one I think it’s retarded that you cannot buy furniture

Couch Potato
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:24pm

Lot's of furniture stores are open

#GretchLies
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 12:41pm

yet again Gretchen presents alternative facts. Told us yesterday there are 4000 COVID patients when the www.michigan.gov/coronavirus tracking site shows 3200.

Politics aside, this has been a consistent issue with all of her press reviews. The data and graphs she's showing have been grossly exaggerating the number of cases to the extent that her credibility is severely diminished at this point.

Politics aside
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:33pm

35,291 total confirmed cases right now based on your link. Not sure what you are trying to say.

Anonymous
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:23am

Look at the hospitalization statistics, down to 3000 covid inpatients today. The pandemic is so undercontrol, they're closing hospitals completely!

Time to start unwinding the restrictions now! Especially for non-covid medical treatments and activities that can implement reasonable social distancing measures, like construction, landscaping, some manufacturing.

John
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 1:22pm

The fix is in folks, on April 21, in the tracking data for deaths the state added deaths based on review of earlier deaths. This will be done every Tuesday, whatever the results of that might be. From what I see this also affects reported cases, a key criteria for the Presidents gateway requirement, i.e. reduced cases in the last two weeks. Ghosts in the past are spoofing the data. Luckily, or not the "or" part of this gateway is "downward trajectory of positive tests as a percentage of total tests within 14 days."

The Bridge reports "experts say one benchmark to reopen the state will be when positive virus tests fall below 12 percent." This is NOT the CDC guidelines as stated above. It's made up by some so called experts.

The guidelines are fixed, and the Governor is not being held accountable according to the facts, let alone publishing the facts.

Christopher Moleski
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 1:35pm

I think extending it further would be a terrible thing to do. Let's get things going again.

Govs Decide
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 6:42pm

That's what everyone wants, but we have to follow Trump's guidelines. He thinks Georgia is moving too fast. We need a slow roll opening of the economy.

Cathy
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 4:14pm

Leaders make difficult decisions decisively regardless of the opposition. Thank you Governor, the majority understand you are protecting lives.
As for Michigan GOP, I'll remember their divisiveness when I vote.

Revere
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 10:15pm

Cathy, you troll. The democrats have set countless precedents in partisan behavior in the past 12 years. Where have you been? Under the table???

Michael Duncan
Thu, 04/23/2020 - 11:32pm

Open the garden centers. I live in Ohio and work in Michigan. Please keep the auto plants and supplier plants closed till January 1,2021. I'm enjoying this time off.

Dawn Ordus
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 11:38am

I live in Huron County. My mother passed away late March & I need to settle her estate along with my siblings. Her estate is in Melvindale in Wayne County. Am I allowed to travel down there to help without being fined? We are trying to get everything in order ASAP & my help is needed! I need an answer as soon as possible please!

Kazoo 86
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:54pm

Ok 3 more weeks from todayish. Keep wearing in mask and gloves, protect me and yourself. I think even after the full quarantine I’ll still consider masks and gloves. Rather be same than sorry!

Kazoo 86
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:54pm

Ok 3 more weeks from todayish. Keep wearing in mask and gloves, protect me and yourself. I think even after the full quarantine I’ll still consider masks and gloves. Rather be same than sorry!

Kazoo 86
Fri, 04/24/2020 - 8:54pm

Ok 3 more weeks from todayish. Keep wearing in mask and gloves, protect me and yourself. I think even after the full quarantine I’ll still consider masks and gloves. Rather be same than sorry!

Julie
Tue, 04/28/2020 - 12:47pm

Oh my, the CONCERN she has for people, to keep them safe and healthy, as long as they're not unborn babies. Those you may abort.