LANSING, Mich. — After listening to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s 2021 State of the State address virtually Wednesday night, Sen. Ruth Johnson, R-Holly, issued the following statement:
“Restaurants and small businesses are struggling, and I was glad to hear the governor acknowledge that — although it would be better if she backed it up with support. Under the state’s restrictions, many family businesses have already been forced to close their doors forever. We recently passed an additional $100 million for small business grants and employee assistance funds, but more help needs to be a priority with any new federal funding.
“I was disappointed that the governor continues to ignore the issue of well water quality. One in four Michigan families rely on a well for drinking water, more than any other state in the country. For the past two years, the Senate has passed budgets with funding to help people test for contaminants that we know are present in Michigan and that have serious health effects, but twice this funding has been eliminated because of the governor’s opposition. It’s disheartening.”