Stamas: Senate should reject governor’s appointments until state has reopened

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday proposed stopping appointments from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer until her administration has ended the shutdowns and reopened the state.

“The governor is continuing punitive lockdowns and jeopardizing lives and livelihoods — while state government has largely been unaffected,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “People have suggested that the governor and her department heads not get paid until they allow restaurants and other family businesses to reopen and their workers to earn their paychecks. However, since we are constitutionally restricted from doing that, I am calling on Chairman Nesbitt to reject appointments by the governor until our economy is safely reopened.”

Appointments by the governor to numerous state boards that are subject to advice and consent of the Senate are currently sent to the Senate Advice and Consent Committee for consideration. Sen. Aric Nesbitt, R-Lawton, chairs the committee.

“Michigan is one of only a handful of states still prohibiting indoor dining but — unlike other states with closed restaurants — Michigan doesn’t have plans or metrics in place to set a path for reopening,” Stamas said. “As long as the governor rejects the importance of thousands of restaurants and small businesses she continues to shut down, then we should reject her appointments.

“My goal with this proposal is to bring the governor to the table on COVID-19 issues and understand that the Legislature plays an important role in our representative government.”