LANSING, Mich. — After the Michigan Supreme Court ruled that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer overstepped her authority by continuing to issue executive orders regarding COVID-19 without the approval the Legislature, Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, R-Macomb Township, issued the following statement:
“The message is clear that the governor’s actions have been unlawful, but this does not mean the pandemic is over. This is a very serious virus, and as I have said throughout these past months, I am still committed to public health and safety and believe that they can be carried out in a safe, sensible, and responsible manner.
“Since the ruling, the Senate Republican caucus has reached out to Gov. Whitmer to express our desire to work with her as a partner and in a way that our constitution and the founding fathers intended it — with separation of powers and checks and balances. The people of Michigan deserve to have their voices heard.
“I encourage residents to remain vigilant and follow recommendations from the CDC and state and local health departments and be respectful to follow the rules of the specific businesses, schools or organizations.
“I am looking forward to working together in a bipartisan fashion to help the residents of our state, and I can only hope that the governor is willing to work together, come to the table, and not make this virus a political or partisan issue.”