Barrett comments on lawsuit against the governor to restore constitutional separation of power

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Tom Barrett, R-Charlotte, issued the following statement Wednesday after the Legislature filed a lawsuit against Gov. Gretchen Whitmer for violating state law and disregarding the Michigan Constitution:

“The governor continues to disregard the constitutional separation of power by extending emergency declarations unilaterally. The Legislature most closely represents the voice of the people, but apparently the governor is not interested in hearing the concerns of Michiganders. It should offend everyone that a governor wants to control power for as long as she chooses.

“Michigan families are hurting. Jobs have been lost, and unemployment is soaring.

“Reasonable accommodations can be made to begin to reopen the state, but the governor has been unwilling to work with us.

“This lawsuit was an unfortunate but necessary step to hold the governor accountable.”