Tensions escalate between Whitmer, GOP over COVID response

Feb 3, 2021

Tensions at the state Capitol are increasing as Republicans in the Legislature push back against the Whitmer administration’s use of executive powers to manage the COVID-19 crisis.

The House Appropriations Committee rejected Governor Whitmer’s back-to-school plans and substituted a Republican plan. It offers financial incentives to resume in-person learning.

It’s past time, said House Appropriations Chair Thomas Albert.

“Frankly, I don’t think it’s absurd to try and get kids in the classroom.”]

At the same time, state Senate Republicans sent a message by rejecting a second batch of Whitmer nominees, which incensed Democratic Senator Jeremy Moss.

“So their plan is to hold everything hostage until they get their way.”]

Whitmer’s office released a statement that there’s already a goal for all schools to offer an in-person option by March 1st, but the decision should be up to local schools.