After Whitmer Apology, Freedom Fund Demands Governor End Orders, Rescind Violations, Refund Fines

Whitmer Asked for Grace and Understanding – Time She Offered Michigan Workers, Local Businesses the Same

LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Freedom Fund Executive Director Tori Sachs today called on Governor Gretchen Whitmer to immediately rescind violations and refund fines paid by individuals and small businesses across the state who’ve been accused of violating the state’s COVID-19 pandemic orders. 

Whitmer this weekend was caught on film dining in public with at least a dozen other individuals in violation of her pandemic orders limiting indoor groups to 6 or fewer people.  The Governor issued an apology on Sunday, after her hypocrisy generated massive national media attention. 

“Throughout the pandemic, Governor Whitmer has asked Michigan workers, families, and small businesses to make sacrifices she isn’t willing to make herself,” said Sachs.  “Whether it’s strong-arming a local marina to get her boat in the water ahead of her neighbors, traveling to Florida in secret while warning residents to avoid the same trip, or dining in public with a huge group just days after doubling down on her prohibition against parties, Michigan has had enough.

“Over the last 15 months, Whitmer’s administration has issued violations, levied penalties, and publicly ridiculed restaurants, individuals and small businesses accused of violating Whitmer’s orders. Michiganders deserve more than a hollow apology after a year of ‘rules for thee but not for me’ from their governor. We are calling on Whitmer to end her orders today, pardon every individual accused of a similar offense, rescind every violation issued by state and local officials, and refund every fine the state’s collected.”

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