Extension means earliest restaurants can offer in-person dining is Feb. 1
State Rep. Ken Borton today criticized Gov. Gretchen Whitmer after she announced the current ban on indoor dining in Michigan would be extended to Feb. 1.
This week, Borton supported legislative efforts dubbing Jan. 16 as “Dine-In Day” in Michigan – encouraging people to safely support local restaurants as an emergency health order banning indoor dining was set to expire that day.
“The governor has once again unilaterally told small-business owners and workers that their livelihoods are not important and they will have to wait at least two more weeks,” said Borton, of Gaylord. “I am not downplaying the need to keep people safe. It’s vitally important during a pandemic. But the governor isn’t balancing lives and livelihoods when making decisions, and decisions like these have had devastating consequences on Main Street in communities across our state. And they will continue to do so.”
Michigan has roughly 16,500 eating and drinking establishments and employ more than 447,000 people.
Borton recently began his first term in the Michigan House representing people in the 105th District, which encompasses Antrim, Charlevoix, Montmorency, Oscoda and Otsego counties.
State Rep. Ken Borton, of Gaylord, today issued the following statement calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to immediately readdress her administration’s ongoing 25-percent capacity limit for indoor dining.
“As a member of the Legislature and a representative of people throughout northern Michigan, I look forward to reviewing the governor’s recommended budget in detail. I will take concerns I hear to the table and I am optimistic that we can craft the best way forward for Michigan workers and families.
New bill addresses vague nature of bird feeders on private property State Rep. Ken Borton, of Gaylord, recently introduced his first bill of the 2021-22 legislative term – a proposal that will establish clear guidelines while cutting down on impractical government overreach. House Bill 4088 allows individuals to hang bird feeders within 600 feet of […]