Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders spoke again today about year-end priorities. The governor is still trying to strike a bargain with GOP leaders on plans to address the COVID-19 crisis.

The governor’s budget office says there’s money waiting in the bank that could be used to help set up a vaccine distribution system, provide safety gear to health care workers, and help struggling workers and businesses. 

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today the next round of actions to help people facing hardships due to the COVID-19 crisis. They include a tax respite for businesses hurt by the COVID-19 restrictions and making plans for vaccines once they’re approved.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced today that restrictions on schools, businesses and public gatherings will continue for at least another 12 days.


In the absence of a federal COVID-19 relief bill, Governor Gretchen Whitmer has asked the Legislature to approve a 400  million COVID package before the end of the year.

The governor just asked the Legislature for 300 million dollars on top of an earlier 100  million dollar request.
Kurt Weiss is with the state budget office. He says the state needs to set up a vaccine distribution system, and more contact  tracing, and to help hospitals, businesses and families with the immediate crisis.

Governor Gretchen Whitmer at a virtual COVID-19 news conference
Screenshot Michigan.gov

Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants state legislators to approve a $100 million COVID-19 relief plan when they return to session during December.

The Democratic governor sent a letter to leaders of the Republican-controlled Legislature asking for the state-based stimulus program that she said “will provide direct financial support to the families and small businesses that have been hit hardest by the pandemic.”

Gov. Whitmer signs $62.7 billion state budget photo
Michigan Office of the Governor / Associated Press


Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday she has the authority to issue a second stay-at-home order to curb the spiking coronavirus if necessary and called a comment by an adviser to President Donald Trump urging people to “rise up” against Michigan’s latest restrictions “incredibly reckless.”

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed COVID-19-related bills into law today. They add protections for employers from COVID-19-related lawsuits and for employees from being fired for refusing to work when they’re sick.

Businesses would have stronger immunity if they follow safety precautions. Plaintiffs would have to prove gross negligence and show specific injuries – such as hospitalization for COVID-19.

       But employees could not be fired for refusing to show up for work when they’re sick.

An eighth man faces a criminal charge in connection with the alleged plot to kidnap Governor Gretchen Whitmer and put her on trial over her COVID-19 orders.

Another suspect charged in Whitmer kidnapping plot

Oct 15, 2020
Governor Gretchen Whitmer

Michigan’s attorney general has filed charges against an eighth person in what authorities have described as a scheme to storm Michigan’s Capitol building and kidnap officials, including Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, a spokesman said Thursday.

Ryan Jarvi, spokesman for Attorney General Dana Nessel, told The Associated Press that an additional person has been charged but provided no further details.


Governor Gretchen Whitmer is expected to sign a series of bills adopted by the Legislature as part of a deal on the state’s response to COVID-19. It includes extending unemployment benefits for people who lost their jobs during the health crisis.

Job loss benefits would be extended for as long as 26 weeks for people who lost employment for reasons related to the COVID-19 crisis. That would match an executive order from Whitmer that was struck down by the state Supreme Court because she acted without legislative approval.