Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has told Congress that Michigan lacks supplies to fully ramp up testing for the coronavirus and says it's difficult to determine what the U.S. government is shipping. She testified Tuesday that while she appreciates the federal assistance, information about testing supplies being delivered is sometimes inaccurate. She says it's making planning "very difficult" and supplies could be allocated more quickly with better information. As of Sunday, about 13,400 COVID-19 tests were conducted per day over the previous week.


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is hinting she will soon reopen more regions of Michigan, expressing optimism as long as the rate of new coronavirus cases continues downward and testing increases. She didn't specify Friday when she may act, alluding to an announcement in "coming days." The governor's stay-at-home order remains in effect at least two more weeks, as does a measure keeping closed theaters, hair salons and other places. Six of eight regions are in phase 3.

Barber Shop

A Michigan Court of Appeals panel says an Owosso barber has to shut down under Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s COVID-19 orders.

The decision is in response to a Shiawassee County judge’s refusal to issue a cease-and-desist order instructing Karl Manke to close his shop and stop cutting hair. The appeals court says the judge cannot second-guess whether emergency instructions from Governor Whitmer and the state’s stop health officials make sense, just whether they’re legal.

New lawsuit challenges Whitmer emergency power

May 22, 2020

A conservative legal foundation has filed a new lawsuit challenging Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s ability to issue and enforce emergency orders related go the COVID-19 outbreak.

The Mackinac Center says Whitmer has stretched the meaning of “emergency” to continue to issue new emergency orders. The lawsuit also says she’s claiming the right to use administrative powers that govern workplace rules to enforce those orders. Under her orders, workplace violations carry bigger fines and penalties.


Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she has signed new executive orders that will lift many restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

She says that’s because earlier restrictions appear to be working to slow the spread of COVID-19.

The governor’s new stay-home orders will allow more people to step out.


The state Senate could vote as soon as this week to reduce the penalties faced by people who violate Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s emergency orders meant to tame the spread of COVID-19.

A bill adopted by the Senate Judiciary and Public Safety Committee would drop intentionally violating a governor’s order or directive from a misdemeanor to a civil infraction. That could mean a fine but no criminal record for violators.

Democratic state Senator Stephanie Chang was the only “no” vote on sending the bill to the Senate floor.


A lawyer for Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she is allowed to continue declaring new COVID-19 states of emergency without approval by the Legislature. That’s in response to a court challenge filed by the Legislature’s Republican leaders.

The arguments took place online before a Michigan Court of Claims judge. The Legislature’s Republican leaders say Whitmer is trying to claim virtually unchecked power with a string of COVID-19 emergency declarations.
                Attorney Michael Williams says she can NO longer do that without the Legislature’s approval.

Stay-home order protest draws 200-300 people

May 14, 2020
Associated Press


There was another rally today at the state Capitol to protest Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s continued use of emergency powers to slow the spread of COVID-19.

Car horns beeped, the sky occasionally thundered and there were downpours. The Michigan State Police estimate 2-to-300 people showed up.

Bruce Langlois of Lowell says he came because he wants to re-open his dog kennel and grooming business. His dog, Porter, wore a sign.

“He says let me go to doggie day care and let me get my hair cut.”



Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she wants 450,000 Michiganders to be tested for the coronavirus this month, an average of nearly 15,000 a day, a critical goal because she said social-distancing cannot go on indefinitely until a vaccine is developed.

42 percent of Michigan’s roads and bridges are either in mediocre or poor condition, and collectively, it’s costing Michigan drivers billions of dollars each year. That’s according to a new report from TRIP, a national transportation research nonprofit based in Washington, DC. 

Carolyn Bonifas Kelly is the Associate Director of Research & Communication at TRIP and one of the study’s authors. She presented the findings Tuesday morning in downtown Grand Rapids.