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Governor Whitmer Responds to U.S. DOG Statement of Interest

May 29, 2020 

Governor Whitmer Responds to U.S. DOG Statement of Interest 

LANSING – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Department of Justice issuing a statement of interest, which seeks to undermine the health and safety of Michigan residents: 

“Throughout this crisis, we have followed the science and listened to medical experts to keep our hospital system from collapsing and protect front line health workers who are looking out for the people of Michigan. All of us know the importance of getting people back to work and the economy moving again. The state has already loosened restrictions on construction, manufacturing, real estate and retail, with more expected in the coming days. But the worst thing we can do is open up in a way that causes a second wave of infections and death, puts health care workers at risk, and wipes out all the progress we’ve made. 

“We have absolute confidence in the legal authority I have exercised to protect the people of Michigan. It is crystal clear that this challenge is coming directly from the White House, which is ignoring the risk of a second wave of the virus and pushing too quickly to roll back public health guidelines. We know that will only prolong the pandemic and make the economic pain that much worse for Michiganders. No matter what happens, I will always put the health and safety of Michiganders first.” 

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