The Michigan Court of Claims ruled that the stay-at-home order does not infringe on constitutional rights. Judge Christopher Murray was quoted, “Since the state entered the Union in 1837, it has the broad power to act for the public health of the entire state when faced with a public crisis.” The court also pointed out that the Emergency Management Act does not provide the governor with “uncontrolled, arbitrary power.”
The battle between republican legislators and Governor Whitmer heats up as Whitmer says she’s not going to negotiate reopening the economy. The governor believes she needs emergency powers extended because she’s trying to save lives, and she will extend the state of emergency with or without the legislature. Republicans offered two one-week extensions in exchange for a quicker reopening of the state, which Whitmer denied.
Governor Whitmer proposed a new plan modeled after the GI Bill, which will help pay for college for front-line workers who don’t have a degree. The plan would apply for hospital staff, nursing home staff, grocery store workers, public safety workers, those providing child care to critical infrastructure workers, sanitation and delivery workers. The plan is called “Futures for Frontliners” and is the first bill of its kind in the nation.
Almost 66% of Michigan parents are concerned about negative impacts school shutdowns will have on their children. However, only 34% of K-12 parents want a longer school year or mandatory summer learning. The majority of parents surveyed are in support of Governor Whitmer’s decision to shutdown schools for the remainder of the year. Click here to read more results from the poll.
Residential construction is one of the hardest hit industries in the state that was shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Under Governor Whitmer’s reopening plan, residential construction is expected to resume by Thursday May 7. Companies will be required to adhere to social distancing regulations, and continue to wear PPE on job sites.
Visit the Oakland County website to view updated numbers on how your area has been affected by COVID-19. You can search the interactive map by clicking on your location, or typing in your zip code. Recent data shows a total of 7,174 cases in the county, 2,977 recoveries, and 669 deaths.
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