Is the governor using DHHS director to suppress Michigan voters?

LANSING, Mich. — After the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) on Thursday revised and extended its epidemic order to require masks in schools, require bars and restaurants to keep customer names and contact information, further limit outdoor gatherings, and move the Northern Michigan region back to Phase 4, Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas, R-Midland, issued the following statement:

“I am frustrated and extremely disappointed that the governor continues to go it alone and refuses to accept the Supreme Court’s message to work together with the Legislature regarding our response to the COVID-19 outbreak. She is using every trick to keep power and keep Michigan’s families isolated.

“Michigan needs to resume life safely, but the governor and her departments’ continued use of fear tactics could impede that goal and even suppress the vote in next week’s election if voters fear it’s unsafe to go to the polls.

“The state Legislature has attempted to work with the governor to protect our people and reopen Michigan safely, but she continues act unilaterally and harm working families.

“Considering the impact of this order on the lives of Michigan families, I urge the governor and her department to immediately share with the Legislature the specific data that was used to make this new order.”