Watch Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's coronavirus town hall

Update: Whitmer strongly hints she'll extend coronavirus stay-home order in Michigan

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will answer questions live in a "Governor's Town Hall" Thursday night. Several commercial and public television stations in the Detroit market have partnered to broadcast the town hall to give residents to talk to the governor during the coronavirus crisis.

Viewers will be able to pose questions to answer during the hour-long live event, which organizers are calling a first-of-its-kind collaboration.  

Carolyn Clifford of WXYZ Channel 7, Huel Perkins of WJBK Channel 2 and Devin Scillian of WDIV Channel 4 will host the town hall from their studios in Detroit, while Whitmer will join a live feed from Lansing.

Detroit channels 20 (WMYD-TV), 50 (WKBD-TV), 56 (WTVS-TV) and 62 (WWJ-TV) are also expected to air the broadcast in Detroit, and can also be watched on stations around the state and right here on this post.


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Kevin Grand
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 10:13am

It's a shame that Gov. Whitmer won't allow the general public to attend one of these, just like she allows the media to attend her other press conferences in person.

It would do her some good to see ramifications of her actions on Michigan by directly interacting with the people they affect.

A business owner forced to close and let go of their all of their employees.

People who STILL cannot get through and file for UI. Can't forget the benefits that those just lost due to the above.

Local government leaders who now have to contend with economic fallout from the above (and the decimation within their communities).

But at least, she "did something".

middle of the mit
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 9:19pm

The unemployment system has never had this problem before. The only problem the UE system is when MI Republicans screwed over recipients a few years back.

And now Floriduh is finding the same thing

“Privately, Republicans admit that the $77.9 million system that is now failing Florida workers is doing exactly what Scott designed it to do — lower the state’s reported number of jobless claims after the great recession.”

Said one DeSantis adviser: “It’s a shit sandwich, and it was designed that way by Scott. It wasn’t about saving money. It was about making it harder for people to get benefits or keep benefits so that the unemployment numbers were low to give the governor something to brag about.”

But Trump also says that the States have to compete on the FREE MARKET!

Have NO FEAR Loeffler saved her millions!

And Trump now wants to raise your gas prices.

President Trump on Twitter:

“Just spoke to my friend MBS (Crown Prince) of Saudi Arabia, who spoke with President Putin of Russia, & I expect & hope that they will be cutting back approximately 10 Million Barrels, and maybe substantially more which, if it happens, will be GREAT for the oil & gas industry!”

Restricting supply will increase prices for consumers.

Just yesterday, Trump celebrated the decline in gas prices as like a massive tax cut: “Now, gasoline’s gonna be 99 cents a gallon and less, you know that. That’s already starting, it’s popping up — 99 cents. So that’s like giving a massive tax cut to people of our country.”

Are you confuse by what he just said?

When is the party of personal responsibility going to actually step and do so?

Marleen Cornwell
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 7:09pm

How can a small business owner file for unemployment. I have tried calling, with no luck. Have tried doing on line with no luck. We do not pay into unemployment but was told we could draw. My husband cannot work, is is in construction.

John Loman
Thu, 04/02/2020 - 7:54pm

my wife is a mail carrier and there are people on her route that have the virus, they lick envelopes when they pay there bills , they touch the mail box when they receive mail, even if they would identify themselves as contagious it would be some type of protection, can we ask them to identify themselves as least voluntary, Thanks John

Concerned citizen
Sat, 04/04/2020 - 9:35am

I do not understand with the stay at home order in place why people are coming to there cottages from southern Michigan where that part of the state has the highest number of cases with the virus which will help spread this virus to northern Michigan.