In case you missed it, the Detroit Free Press revealed today that - while Governor Whitmer has spent the last week attacking the president - Whitmer has failed to file the necessary paperwork to get Michigan badly needed federal funding to help the state through the COVID-19 crisis. Meanwhile, FEMA funds are currently being received by the states of Iowa, Louisiana, New York, California and Washington due to requests by their governors, and the swift approval of the Trump administration. It’s time for Governor Whitmer to put aside her partisanship and do what's right for the people of Michigan.
The entirety of the Free Press article can be found below.
FEMA: Michigan has not requested major disaster declaration for coronavirus
Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
LANSING — Michigan has not yet requested a major disaster declaration for the coronavirus, a spokesman for the Federal Emergency Management Agency said Wednesday.
The administration of President Donald Trump has already declared major disasters for Iowa, Louisiana, New York, California and Washington, officials confirmed.
But for Michigan, where the number of confirmed cases topped 1,700 Tuesday, with at least 24 deaths, "FEMA has not yet received a request for a major disaster declaration," spokesman Michael Hart said.
Michigan ranks fifth in the nation for total numbers of coronavirus cases, behind New York, New Jersey, Washington and California.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has repeatedly called on Trump to declare a national disaster in connection with the pandemic and did obtain a limited disaster designation for the purposes of accessing federal small business loans. She has also criticized the federal government for acting slowly to prepare for the coronavirus, not declaring a federal disaster, and not providing a national strategy to deal with the pandemic.
A major disaster declaration brings increased federal funding and other forms of assistance.
"This is something that we are reviewing and looking into," said Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.