Whitmer Pressed on Reopening Economy, Continues to Give Little Detail

May 14, 2020

Governor Whitmer was pressed by reporters in a broadcasted press conference Wednesday on her six-phase plan to reopen the state's economy and why it doesn’t have specific benchmarks or metrics the state needs to hit to move to the next phase.  The Governor’s response?  There's no "textbook specific number that will tell you it is safe to re-engage a particular sector of the economy." 

The Governor went on to say it depends on the daily COVID-19 rates as well as availability of personal protection equipment (PPE) and testing, among other things.  She said when the state “reaches 15,000 to 20,000 to 25,000 tests done per day, we’ll be in a much stronger position to take that next step."  The state’s highest daily testing rate was just under 14,000 tests.

The Michigan Chamber has been voicing concerns that Michigan is behind the majority of other states in jumpstarting its economy. Neighboring Ohio, for instance, has a more robust plan in place for reopening.   Furthermore, we are concerned by the lack of clear metrics and evolving metrics regarding when other industry sectors can return to work.  Time is running out for thousands of small businesses and seasonal businesses that remain closed due to the Governor’s Executive Orders.  We will continue to call for a smart and safe reopening strategy to be implemented.