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Here’s just a few opportunities since September that Whitmer could have said something to protect small businesses, yet didn’t.
- September 16: Two dozen Attorneys General threaten legal action against mandate
- October 18: Michigan small businesses form coalition against mandate
- October 30: 10 Attorneys General join fight against mandate
- November 4: Biden Administration announces $136,000 fines for small businesses
Suddenly though, Whitmer has something to say. When a West Michigan small business owner mentioned that the mandate will crush his company, Whitmer said:
“We’re an employer too, the state of Michigan is. I know if that mandate happens, we’re going to lose state employees. That’s why I haven’t proposed a mandate at the state level. Some states have. We have not, we’re waiting to see what happens in court.”
It turns out when it’s not just Michigan small businesses that will suffer, but Whitmer herself may suffer politically, she suddenly speaks up and quickly reverts to rules for thee, not for me.
“Gretchen Whitmer spent three months dodging questions about the vaccine mandate and failed to fight back against Joe Biden’s job-killing federal overreach, instead tacitly endorsing it,” said RGA Spokesperson Chris Gustafson. “Now, when faced with the realization that she will be directly impacted, Whitmer’s changed her tune. Michigan small business owners deserve real leadership that will protect small business owners and the local economy, not leaders who only do what’s best for themselves.”