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Whitmer challenges GOP to bargain on COVID-19 response

Governor Gretchen Whitmer said again Wednesday the Legislature’s Republican leaders are failing to bargain on a COVID-19 plan for Michigan.

The governor said so during an online news conference.

At issue on the deadlock is how to spend $5 billion in federal COVID response funds, and back-to-school plans, restrictions on businesses, and GOP calls for new limits on executive authority to issue emergency health orders.Whitmer’s pushback included a reference to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) and some controversial comments he’s made. They include a personal insult directed at Whitmer and a false claim that the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol was a hoax.

“My judgment will not get clouded by that noise,” she said. “ We’re going to stay focused and we’re going to deliver for the people of Michigan.”          

The House GOP budget chair contested the governor’s version of events, and said progress is being made.

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Rick Pluta is Senior Capitol Correspondent for the Michigan Public Radio Network. He has been covering Michigan’s Capitol, government, and politics since 1987.
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