State Sen. Kim LaSata released the following statement on Friday, after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced an extension of her administration’s “Pause to Save Lives” shutdown of Michigan restaurants through Friday, Jan. 15.
“I am greatly disappointed Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and her administration extended the shutdown of restaurants’ indoor dining, and my heart goes out to the owners and workers who will spend the holiday season without work,” said LaSata, R-Bainbridge Township. “The industry has been decimated by the orders, resulting in billions of dollars in lost revenue, the laying off of most of its workforce, and thousands of restaurants going out of business. Today’s shutdown extension will only further the loss of jobs and businesses.”
The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services updated epidemic order also will allow in-person learning at high schools to resume.
“As a parent and former teacher, I can’t overstate how important it is that all our students return to in-classroom learning as soon as possible,” LaSata said. “The governor is reopening high schools just in time for Christmas break and after too many students have fallen through the cracks.
“Just this week, the state superintendent confirmed that statewide school enrollment is down by over 53,000 students and that at least 13,000 have completely fallen off the radar — they’ve entirely disengaged from school and are unaccounted for. Going forward, the governor needs to honor the commitment she made when she signed legislation that allows individual school districts to decide if, and when, they reopen in-person learning.”