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Whitmer Dodges Questions On Health Chief Resignation

LANSING, Mich., January 25, 2021 – In a press conference today regarding the state’s COVID response, Governor Whitmer dodged questions regarding the sudden resignation of the head of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon. When pressed by reporters Kathy Gray and Rick Albin, Whitmer refused to indicate the circumstances surrounding the vacancy, including whether she asked him to resign. “Governor Whitmer is yet again hiding the truth from the people of Michigan, and her lack of transparency on what’s happening with Robert Gordon and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services amidst a pandemic, is unconscionable.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I am again calling on Governor Whitmer to fulfill her campaign promise and subject her administration to the Freedom of Information Act. Her handling of the pandemic in Michigan has been a disaster, and Michiganders have a right to know why.” More >

Non-Profit Linked To Michigan DHHS Under Fire

LANSING, Mich., January 25, 2021 – This morning, the Detroit News reported that the non-profit “Michigan Public Health Institute” has come under fire for its close ties to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and a lack of accountability surrounding “millions of dollars in government spending”. The non-profit has been used to “execute contracts on behalf of the state health department” but “is not subject to the same audit, contract bidding and open records protocols”. This is not the first time the non-profit has come under fire, after it “was used to establish a nearly $200,000 contract with a Democratic-linked group” for the COVID pandemic response, a move that was condemned by the Michigan Republican Party at the time and the contract has since been canceled. “Transparency is paramount when serving the people of this great state, and it’s time for Governor Whitmer to honor her campaign promise and open up her administration to the Freedom of Information Act.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The Whitmer administration has used this organization to get around accountability and give big contracts to her Democrat allies. Governor Whitmer could fix this situation with a single executive order today, allowing FOIA protocols in her office. Unfortunately, Governor Whitmer is likely to continue to allow her administration to operate in the shadows.” More >

Cox Statement On Whitmer Restaurant Capacity Limit

LANSING, Mich., January 22, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding Governor Whitmer’s announcement that restaurants opening February 1st will be limited to 25% capacity and require a 10 p.m. curfew. “Governor Whitmer continues to cripple restaurants with restrictions that are not rooted in science and only serve to kick businesses while their down. While the Governor is busy taking a new gig as DNC Vice-Chair, she continues to leave employees in the restaurant business out of a job. I call on Governor Whitmer to do the right thing and allow Michigan restaurants to operate at a more reasonable capacity without curfews, so that they can begin to undo the severe damage they have taken because of her shutdowns.” More >

Granholm Has Conflict Of Interest In Energy Appointment

LANSING, Mich., January 22, 2021 – According to reports earlier this week by ABC News, President Biden’s nominee for Energy Secretary, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, has millions of dollars in energy investments. This is a troubling revelation, as she prepares to face confirmation hearings in the Senate. “Michigan has a lot of experience with Jennifer Granholm putting her own interests over the interests of the people she serves, and this new revelation shows she has not changed since being Governor of Michigan.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “In light of this conflict of interest, I call on the Senate to reject her nomination as Energy Secretary and for President Biden to pick a more suitable candidate who will represent the interests of the American people over their own financial interests.” More >

Biden Reverts To Failed Obama Era Policies

LANSING, Mich., January 21, 2021 – Mere hours after being sworn in as President, promising unity and peace between all Americans, President Biden signed a slew of executive orders immediately reverting our nation to failed Obama era policies. President Biden began by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which will cripple American energy and its ability to compete in the world. Furthermore, President Biden signed executive orders that would begin to undo the immense progress made on immigration reform. “We face a challenging time ahead in restoring America’s economy from this unprecedented pandemic and President Biden’s decision to revert to the failed policies of President Obama will make that hill an even steeper one to climb.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I hope and pray that President Biden will recommit to the promises of yesterday’s inauguration speech and seek to unify our nation by moving us forward, not by reversing course.” More >

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Whitmer Dodges Questions On Health Chief Resignation

LANSING, Mich., January 25, 2021 – In a press conference today regarding the state’s COVID response, Governor Whitmer dodged questions regarding the sudden resignation of the head of Michigan’s Department of Health and Human Services, Robert Gordon. When pressed by reporters Kathy Gray and Rick Albin, Whitmer refused to indicate the circumstances surrounding the vacancy, including whether she asked him to resign. “Governor Whitmer is yet again hiding the truth from the people of Michigan, and her lack of transparency on what’s happening with Robert Gordon and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services amidst a pandemic, is unconscionable.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I am again calling on Governor Whitmer to fulfill her campaign promise and subject her administration to the Freedom of Information Act. Her handling of the pandemic in Michigan has been a disaster, and Michiganders have a right to know why.” More >

Non-Profit Linked To Michigan DHHS Under Fire

LANSING, Mich., January 25, 2021 – This morning, the Detroit News reported that the non-profit “Michigan Public Health Institute” has come under fire for its close ties to the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services, and a lack of accountability surrounding “millions of dollars in government spending”. The non-profit has been used to “execute contracts on behalf of the state health department” but “is not subject to the same audit, contract bidding and open records protocols”. This is not the first time the non-profit has come under fire, after it “was used to establish a nearly $200,000 contract with a Democratic-linked group” for the COVID pandemic response, a move that was condemned by the Michigan Republican Party at the time and the contract has since been canceled. “Transparency is paramount when serving the people of this great state, and it’s time for Governor Whitmer to honor her campaign promise and open up her administration to the Freedom of Information Act.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “The Whitmer administration has used this organization to get around accountability and give big contracts to her Democrat allies. Governor Whitmer could fix this situation with a single executive order today, allowing FOIA protocols in her office. Unfortunately, Governor Whitmer is likely to continue to allow her administration to operate in the shadows.” More >

Cox Statement On Whitmer Restaurant Capacity Limit

LANSING, Mich., January 22, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding Governor Whitmer’s announcement that restaurants opening February 1st will be limited to 25% capacity and require a 10 p.m. curfew. “Governor Whitmer continues to cripple restaurants with restrictions that are not rooted in science and only serve to kick businesses while their down. While the Governor is busy taking a new gig as DNC Vice-Chair, she continues to leave employees in the restaurant business out of a job. I call on Governor Whitmer to do the right thing and allow Michigan restaurants to operate at a more reasonable capacity without curfews, so that they can begin to undo the severe damage they have taken because of her shutdowns.” More >

Granholm Has Conflict Of Interest In Energy Appointment

LANSING, Mich., January 22, 2021 – According to reports earlier this week by ABC News, President Biden’s nominee for Energy Secretary, former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm, has millions of dollars in energy investments. This is a troubling revelation, as she prepares to face confirmation hearings in the Senate. “Michigan has a lot of experience with Jennifer Granholm putting her own interests over the interests of the people she serves, and this new revelation shows she has not changed since being Governor of Michigan.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “In light of this conflict of interest, I call on the Senate to reject her nomination as Energy Secretary and for President Biden to pick a more suitable candidate who will represent the interests of the American people over their own financial interests.” More >

Biden Reverts To Failed Obama Era Policies

LANSING, Mich., January 21, 2021 – Mere hours after being sworn in as President, promising unity and peace between all Americans, President Biden signed a slew of executive orders immediately reverting our nation to failed Obama era policies. President Biden began by rejoining the Paris Climate Accord, which will cripple American energy and its ability to compete in the world. Furthermore, President Biden signed executive orders that would begin to undo the immense progress made on immigration reform. “We face a challenging time ahead in restoring America’s economy from this unprecedented pandemic and President Biden’s decision to revert to the failed policies of President Obama will make that hill an even steeper one to climb.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I hope and pray that President Biden will recommit to the promises of yesterday’s inauguration speech and seek to unify our nation by moving us forward, not by reversing course.” More >

Schumer To Pick Peters For Partisan Post

LANSING, Mich., January 20, 2021 – According to Axios, Senator Chuck Schumer intends to pick Michigan Senator Gary Peters to head up the Democrat Senatorial Campaign Committee for the coming 2022 election cycle. This position is a partisan appointment that will see Senator Peters head up the Democrat efforts to expand their position in the Senate. “Senator Gary Peters already has trouble showing up for work, continually missing his committee assignments. Taking on this partisan position will only serve as a further distraction for him.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I call on Senator Peters to turn down this partisan post and recommit himself to doing the job the people of Michigan elected him to do.” More >

ICYMI: $15 Minimum Wage Would Stifle Recovery

LANSING, Mich., January 19, 2021 – In case you missed it, an editorial in the Detroit News on Monday detailed the severe negative ramifications of raising the minimum wage to $15, which is a current proposal of incoming President Joe Biden. The article cited proof that such a hike in the minimum wage would cause fewer jobs, stating “In 2014, Seattle passed a $15 minimum wage, and a study a few years later found that it had directly contributed to fewer hours for workers and a reduction of 5,000 low-wage jobs”. The article continued to show the pitfalls of such a policy, stating “a recent study by the Employment Policies Institute laid out how a $15 federal minimum wage would lead to a reduction of 2 million U.S. jobs by 2027.”. “President-elect Biden has time and again shown his inability to comprehend the most basic economics. It is clear to anyone with a rudimentary understanding of finances that a $15 minimum wage will destroy jobs and businesses.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “To consider such a damaging policy at this time would stifle our economic recovery and prolong the suffering of Americans reeling from government shutdowns.” More >

Cox Statement On Whitmer Appointment To DNC Vice-Chair

LANSING, Mich., January 15, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox, regarding Joe Biden choosing Governor Whitmer to serve as Vice-Chair of the DNC. “The announcement of Governor Whitmer as DNC Vice-Chair shows the true motivations of her hyper partisan term as Governor of Michigan so far. For the Governor to try to advance her career while her shutdown policies are destroying the careers of thousands of Michiganders is one of the most tone-deaf decisions a politician could make. I call on Governor Whitmer to turn down this role and focus on restoring the livelihoods of the people of our state.” More >

Cox Statement On Continued Shutdown Of Michigan Restaurants

LANSING, Mich., January 13, 2021 – The following statement is from Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox regarding Governor Whitmer’s continued closure of Michigan’s restaurants. “Governor Whitmer’s restaurant shutdown is cruel and to extend it until February 1st imposes an undue hardship on thousands of business owners and employees across our state. Michiganders are tired of the excuses, they are tired of these shutdowns, and they are tired of having their pain and suffering ignored by Governor Whitmer. We can reopen restaurants safely and we must do it now.” More >

State Enters Phase 2 Of Vaccinations After Phase 1 Failed

LANSING, Mich., January 12, 2021 – Yesterday, the state entered Phase 2 of the roll-out of the COVID-19 vaccination. This comes weeks after the state’s botched rollout of Phase 1, which they had months to prepare for but failed to do so. The second phase significantly expands the criteria for individuals who want to be vaccinated. This pivot occurs as reports of mismanagement of the vaccination distribution run rampant. According to Chad Livengood of Crains Detroit Business, there are hundreds of thousands of doses of the vaccinations that have been distributed but not administered to Michiganders. “I am happy to see the state loosen the restrictions they put in place on the COVID-19 vaccination. This should have been done from the get-go, and I am incredibly disappointed that the state did not prepare for this important endeavor.” said Michigan Republican Party Chairman Laura Cox. Cox continued, “I pray that the preparation on Phase 2 is better than what we’ve seen with Phase 1, and that all Michiganders who are vulnerable and on the frontlines have access to the COVID-19 vaccine.” More >

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