Today was a good day for the people of the state of Michigan: Gov. Whitmer finally put politics aside, and she listened to science and data and to anguished parents and students—and reopened high school sports. Starting Monday, the youth of our state can participate in sports programs that boost their physical and mental health and that promote healthy family life and school life.
And the Legislature approved a comprehensive $3.5 billion COVID recovery plan to help struggling businesses and families, to get kids back into the classroom and to fix our broken vaccination delivery system. It’s a strong plan that has transparency and accountability built into it. I hope the governor will sign it and provide needed relief to desperate Michiganders. It can’t happen quickly enough.
Speaker of the House Jason Wentworth today announced an agreement with Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to work on a plan to create a permanent role for the Legislature in all future state pandemic emergency orders and to withdraw the permanent MIOSHA rules the governor has proposed, in addition to the earlier announcement giving everyone a date certain for ending COVID-19 restrictions.
The Michigan House and Senate today introduced a new plan to make dam repairs and improvements an even bigger priority at the state Capitol. The planned changes include $500 million in new funding for safety upgrades, dam repairs, restoring lake levels and replacements of aging facilities, along with stronger requirements increasing public involvement in future emergencies.