Whitmer’s Coronavirus Response- Opinion

Whitmer extends stay-at-home order bypassing Michigan legislature

Cameron Allen, Reporter

Gretchen Whitmer is a name almost every Michigander has heard during the Corona virus pandemic. Whitmer, who served in the Michigan House of Representatives from 2001 to 2006 and the Michigan Senate from 2006 to 2015, is currently serving as the state’s 49th governor. Citizens of Michigan have been under a stay-at-home order for over two months, with Whitmer’s latest executive order extending the lock down until May 28th. The people of Michigan have had enough. They are tired, frustrated and are suffering from Whitmer’s blatant abuse of executive power. 

Just last week, State GOP lawmakers filed a lawsuit against Governor Whitmer, claiming she overstepped her authority with the extension. The latest extension lacked backing from the Republican-controlled legislature, with Whitmer even vetoing a bill that would have limited her powers. The GOP claims in its lawsuit that “[the] Defendant takes control of matters at the core of the Legislature’s constitutional mandate. And she does so under no discernible standards or time limits, save vague insistences that an ‘emergency’ requires them.”

Whitmer also faces threats from Michigan law agencies claiming that they will not enforce her orders in response to COVID-19. Locally, Shiawassee County Sheriff Brian BeGole voiced similar statements from at least five other sheriffs’ offices around the state, stating that  “our office cannot and will not divert our primary resources and efforts towards enforcement of the Gov. Whitmer’s executive orders.”

The spotlight also shines on local Owosso barber Karl Manke, who was issued a cease-and-desist order and at least two misdemeanor citations for reopening his barbershop on May 4. On Monday, Circuit Court Judge Matthew Stewart denied the state’s request to sign a temporary restraining order against Manke, scoring an early win in the fight to keep his barbershop open. However, this all changed on May 13 when state regulators clapped back by suspending Manke’s barber license and his shop license.

Governor Whitmer, the people of Michigan are tired of you overstepping your power and lacking the cooperation to work with the legislature. Nobody is above the law, not even you.