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Stateside Podcast: Mixed messaging on school masks

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Kelly Sikkena
A provision in the newly-signed state budget could threaten the funding of local health departments that impose mask mandates for schools. But Governor Gretchen Whitmer says it's unenforceable.

The state budget, signed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, has a provision that could threaten the funding of local health departments that issue mask mandates. The governor says it's unenforceable, but some countiesaren't willing to risk it. On this episode, we'll sort through what this all means for public health policy on the ground with a political reporter and someone from a county health department.


Jonathan Oosting, state politics reporter with Bridge Michigan.

Gillian Conrad, communications manager for the Berrien County Health Department

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April Van Buren is a producer for <i>Stateside</i>. She produces interviews for air as well as web and social media content for the show.