During her Friday press conference, Governor Gretchen Whitmer stated she would not accept an invitation to testify before the state legislature’s bipartisan Joint Select Committee on the COVID-19 Pandemic. Whitmer has received criticism from the legislature and residents across the state for her lack of transparency throughout the process of shutting down and reopening the state.
During her 2018 campaign, Whitmer vowed to open the Executive Office of the Governor to Freedom of Information Act inquires but has yet to do so. In addition, as COVID-19 took its toll on Michigan, Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order allowing the body responsible for executing the records requests for other state agencies, to take as long as they deemed necessary. The move received steep criticism from the New York Times editorial board.
“Governor Whitmer has broken her promises to the people of Michigan, and has made it clear that her office has no real accountability to the people of our state.” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. “The people’s representatives in the state legislature should be afforded the same opportunity that Congress was in asking Governor Whitmer how and why she made the decisions she did during this crisis – decisions that have changed millions of lives. Michiganders deserve answers.”