LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Wednesday announced he is opposed to expanding and extending the governor’s emergency declaration by 70 days.
“I want to thank the people working on the front lines – and those supporting them – in this unprecedented challenge fighting against COVID-19,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “However, we must balance necessary action to protect Michigan families and resolve to preserve our representative government. At some point, the people deserve to have a say in their own lives. I strongly oppose extending the declaration – especially for more than two months.
“The reality of COVID-19 in our state is changing daily, and it’s impossible to predict what sort of challenge we’ll face in a month, much less in 70 days. If a resolution comes before the Senate to extend the governor’s declaration for 70 days, I will be voting no.
“I am also very concerned about the governor’s expansion of her executive order. Her orders have already picked winners and losers in Michigan, and I’m afraid this expansion will make that worse.”
On March 10, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-4, which declared a state of emergency in Michigan to address the COVID-19 pandemic. On Wednesday, Whitmer issued Executive Order 2020-33, an expanded declaration of emergency and disaster across the state, and requested a concurrent resolution extending the state of emergency and disaster declared in EO 2020-33 by 70 days from the date of the resolution.