Freedom Fund: A Lot of People Banned from Work for an Economy That ‘Isn’t Closed’

LANSING, MI, January 27, 2021 – Michigan Freedom Fund Executive Director Tony Daunt today provided the following statement in response to Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s State of the State address:

“Almost 359,000 Michiganians who want to work can’t find a job.  64,000 workers lost their jobs last month alone.  Roughly 20,000 more people file for unemployment every week.  The unemployment rate is double what it was in January of last year.  It’s higher than the rate in Ohio, Indiana, Wisconsin, Minnesota – and Michigan’s COVID-19 death rate is higher, too.

“Governor Whitmer’s only answer tonight to struggling families is tax giveaways for big businesses, road funding she already vetoed, and six extra weeks of unemployment benefits for out-of-work residents – an extension the legislature already passed and the governor already vetoed.

“If she wants to make a difference for families, she should start by opening the economy.  Workers should not be forced to beg their government to let them survive.”