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Whitmer addresses petition against Governor Emergency Powers Act

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer has been leading the state’s coronavirus response efforts for five months now. At a press conference today (Wednesday), she asked residents not to sign a petition that would strip the Governor’s office of its emergency powers.

The group called Unlock Michigan is trying to repeal a 1945 law that gives the Governor emergency powers.

The petition was started by people unhappy with Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s response to the coronavirus pandemic in Michigan. She calls the groups’ methods unscrupulous.

“So, I ask people to decline to sign if you see that out there because we know these actions have saved us. The vast majority of people in this state get it and support this.”

Whitmer says she’ll fight to retain the emergency powers for her successor, and any future Governor’s of Michigan. She also announced $65 million dollars in CARES Act funding for schools that have been impacted by COVID-19.