Gov. Whitmer virtual town hall on coronavirus

ON DATA, AND SCIENCE CENTERED AROUND THE PUBLIC HEALTH THAT IS OUR NEXT STEP WE HAVE TO STAY SAFE, WE HAVE TO STAY SMART, AND AS WE NAVIGATE THOSE TOGETHER, WE KNOW THAT TOUGH TIMES DON’T LAST, BUT TOUGH PEOPLE DO WE ARE GOING TO GET THROUGH THIS TOGETHER WE WANT TO THANK YOU GOVERNOR WHITMER, BEFORE WE GET THINGS STARTED, HERE IS A QUICK BREAKDOWN OF HOW THIS EVENING WILL WORK WE HAVE DIVIDED OUR VIEWERS, SUBMITTED QUESTIONS, UP BY CATEGORY THOSE INCLUDE REOPENING THE STATE AND UNEMPLOYMENT MIKE, FRANK, AND I WILL ASK QUESTIONS IN ONE CATEGORY ALONG WITH ANY FOLLOW-UPS BEFORE

MOVING ON MIKE ONE A VERY HEATED GAME OF ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, SO HE HAS THE FLOOR AND HE WILL GET US STARTED TONIGHT MIKE? ANGIE, THANK YOU GOVERNOR, RIGHT NOW YOU ARE WORKING THROUGH IMPLEMENTING YOUR MY SAFE START PLAN, WHICH YOU ANNOUNCED ON MONDAY, A SYSTEMATIC AND RATHER METHODICAL REOPENING OF THE STATE, WE HAVE RECEIVED MANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THAT PLAN, LET ME START WITH THE EIGHT REGIONS HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE REGIONS, AND SPECIFICALLY FOR PEOPLE LIVING IN GENESEE COUNTY AND LAPEER COUNTY WHO ARE ASKING, WHY ARE THEY INCLUDED WITH METRO DETROIT, WHICH EVERYONE FEARS WILL BE THE LAST TWO TOTALLY REENGAGE BECAUSE IT IS THE STATE’S EPICENTER RIGHT NOW? I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION, I THINK THAT IS SOMETHING ON A LOT OF PEOPLE’S MINDS THANK YOU FOR ASKING IT AS WE HAVE LOOKED TO MICHIGAN’S ECONOMY, WE CAN DIVIDE AREAS UP BASED ON WHOSE ECONOMIES ARE CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER AND HOW PEOPLE TRAVEL, TO GET TO WORK WE ALSO KNOW THAT OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM IS DIVIDED UP INTO REGIONS AS WELL TRYING TO OVERLAY THESE TWO THINGS, BECAUSE AS WE THINK ABOUT RE-ENGAGING OUR ECONOMY, IT IS DEPENDENT AND HOW WELL OUR PUBLIC HEALTH SYSTEM IS READY TO RESPOND IF THERE IS AN UPTICK IN COVID-19 SO, THESE LABOR SHEDS, HOW PEOPLE TRAVEL, HOW THESE ECONOMIES ARE LINKED AND WHAT THE PUBLIC HEALTH ABILITY IS, IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO THE DECISION ABOUT STARTING TO REENGAGE, AND THE ASSESSMENT OF RISK NOW, THE GOOD NEWS IS, THAT THE VAST MAJORITY OF PEOPLE IN OUR STATE HAVE DONE THEIR PART WE HAVE SEEN THIS CURVE FLATTEN THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT LIVES WERE SAVED IN THIS PROCESS NOW WE HAVE TO REALLY MINDFULLY IN A DATA-DRIVEN WAY, WITH THE BEST HEALTH YOU KNOW, INFORMATION AND STATISTICS, START TO TURN ON AND START TO REENGAGE AS WE DO THAT ASSESSMENT OF HOW IT IS SAFE TO DO SO, REGION IS ONE OF THE MANY FACTORS THAT WE LOOK AT AS YOU MIGHT RECALL LAST WEEK, WE WERE ABLE TO MOVE FORWARD WITH OPENING UP MOTORIZED BOATING AND GOLF AND LANDSCAPING TOMORROW I WILL SIGN AN EXECUTIVE ORDER THAT COMMENCES CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY, BOTH RESIDENTIAL AND COMMERCIAL WE KNOW THAT THIS IS LOWER RISK AND STATEWIDE, WE CAN START TO TURN THAT DIAL ON THAT PARTICULAR FRONT AS WE LOOK TO ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIES, WE WILL BE ASSESSING REGION, BUT AT THIS JUNCTURE, IT HAS BEEN SAFE TO TAKE THESE STEPS AS A STATEWIDE MEASURE, AND THAT IS WHY YOU KNOW, AS WE THINK ABOUT WHAT OUR NEXT STEPS ARE, WE ARE ALWAYS GOING TO BE DOING THAT ASSESSMENT THE GOOD NEWS IS, IN SOUTHEAST MICHIGAN, WE HAVE REALLY SEEN PEOPLE DO THEIR PART, AND WATCH THOSE NUMBERS, PLUMMET IT DOESN’T MEAN WE ARE OUT OF THE WOODS BECAUSE WE ARE NOT, WE STILL HAD ANOTHER 600 PEOPLE DIE IN THE LAST FEW DAYS AND ANOTHER 1000 PEOPLE GET DETECTED WITH COVID-19 JUST IN THE LAST 24 HOURS, BUT WE DO KNOW THAT THE TRAJECTORY WE ARE ON HAS FLATTENED AND THAT IS GOOD NEWS SO, WE HAVE TO STAY SMART AND KEEP DOING OUR PART, AND AS WE MAKE THOSE NEXT STEPS, WE ARE GOING TO DO SO IN A WAY THAT AVOIDS A SECOND WAVE YOU MENTIONED THE NUMBERS, PARTICULARLY THE ONES RELEASED TODAY THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDELINES ARE CALLING FOR DOWNWARD TRENDING CASE NUMBERS, FOR AT LEAST 14 DAYS AS STATES RAMP UP AND WE HAVE YET TO GET BEYOND I THINK IT IS FIVE DAYS CONSECUTIVELY, WITH THAT ARE YOU COMMITTED TO DOING THIS UNDER THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDELINES, OR ARE YOU GOING TO MAKE DECISIONS ON WHAT REOPENS AND WHEN, INDEPENDENTLY IN CONSULTATION WITH YOUR OWN TEAM? I THINK THAT THE WHITE HOUSE GUIDELINE IS REALLY LOOKING AT KIND OF A NATIONAL STATISTIC WHAT WE HAVE TO WORK FROM IS WHAT WE ARE SEEING HERE ON THE GROUND IT WASN’T ALWAYS NECESSARILY A DAY-TO-DAY ASSESSMENT IT IS A ROLLING AVERAGE THAT WE SHOULD BE LOOKING AT THAT OUR EPIDEMIOLOGIST AND OUR CHIEF MEDICAL EXECUTIVE HAS COUNSELED AND ADVISED US AS WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS, WE ARE MAKING DECISIONS THAT ARE RIGHT TO KEEP MICHIGANDERS SAFE, A RIGHT TO REENGAGE MICHIGAN’S ECONOMY, AND WRITE TO ENSURE THAT WE DO ALL OF THIS WITH THE CORRECT DATA FROM HOME AND SO, WHILE THE NATIONAL STANDARDS ARE HELPFUL, WE HAVE TO MAKE DETERMINATIONS BASED ON WHAT IS BEST FOR US HERE IN MICHIGAN MICHIGAN HAS THE 10th LARGEST POPULATION IN THE COUNTRY AND YET WE HAVE THE THIRD HIGHEST NUMBER OF DEATHS IN THE COUNTRY COVID-19 HAS HIT MICHIGAN UNIQUELY HARD, AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE HAD TO TAKE UNIQUE STEPS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF COVID-19 AND TO SAVE LIVES SO IN THIS MOMENT I THINK IT IS REALLY CRUCIAL THAT WE ARE LISTENING TO OUR BEST PUBLIC HEALTH MINDS, AND WE ARE FORTUNATE TO HAVE A LOT OF THEM IN MICHIGAN WE ARE WORKING WITH THE

UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN AS WE LOOK TO MODELING WE HAVE CALLED AND EXPERTISE FROM ALL OF OUR RESEARCH UNIVERSITIES AS WE ARE DETERMINING HOW WE SCORE DIFFERENT SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY SO WE KEEP PEOPLE SAFE IN THE WORKPLACE, AND WE AVOID A SECOND WAVE THE WORST THING WE COULD DO, IS TO ABANDON ALL SOCIAL DISTANCING TO PRETEND LIKE WE ARE DONE WITH COVID-19, AND RESUME LIFE AS IT WAS THAT WOULD LEAD US TO A VULNERABLE SECOND WAVE AS HE LOOKED TO WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OTHER COUNTRIES AROUND THE WORLD, COMMUNITIES AND COUNTRIES THAT HAVE DONE THAT, HAVE EXPERIENCED A SECOND WAVE AS BAD, OR MAYBE EVEN WORSE, AND THE FIRST ONE WE DON’T WANT THAT TO HAPPEN NONE OF US WANT THAT TO HAPPEN AND THAT IS WHY WE HAVE TO BE REALLY SMART ABOUT HOW WE INCREMENTALLY REENGAGE OUR ECONOMY AND I AM LISTENING TO THE SCIENCE AND THE DATA, I AM WORKING WITH SOME OF OUR GREAT BUSINESS LEADERS, BOTH SMALL BUSINESS AND LARGER BUSINESS ENTERPRISES, AND WORKING WITH LABOR, SO THAT WE GET THIS RIGHT TO PROTECT OUR WORKERS, TO MAKE SURE WE REENGAGE OUR ECONOMY, AND WE PROTECT PEOPLE AS WE ARE DOING IT THE PUBLIC HEALTH IS WHAT SINNERS EVERY DECISION THAT I AM MAKING WE WILL SEND IT OVER TO FRANK NOW THANK YOU, MIKE GOVERNOR, PEOPLE ARE SO EAGER TO BRING SOME SENSE OF NORMALCY TO THEIR LIVES, WHILE THEY ARE DEALING WITH ALL OF THIS UNCERTAINTY NOW THAT WE HAVE TAKEN A LOOK AT THE DIFFERENT REGIONS IN THE REOPENING PLAN, WE WOULD LIKE TO GET TO A QUESTION WE HAVE BEEN ASKED MANY TIMES WHEN WILL RESTAURANTS FOR DINING REOPEN, AND WHAT ABOUT HERE’S ALIGNED AND PET GROOMERS? WHAT ARE THE EXPERTS SAYING ABOUT THE TYPE OF CHANGES WE CAN EXPECT WHEN THESE BUSINESSES REOPEN? I APPRECIATE THE QUESTION, WE ARE ALL EAGER TO GET BACK TO SOME SEMBLANCE OF NORMALCY THIS HAS BEEN HARD THIS HAS BEEN HARD FOR THE SMALL BUSINESS OWNER THAT SPENT A LIFETIME BUILDING A BUSINESS AND IS WORRIED ABOUT WHETHER OR NOT THEIR BILLS THIS — THE BUSINESS WILL SURVIVE IT IS HARD FOR THE PERSON WHO LOST THEIR JOB BECAUSE WE CLOSED BARS OR BUSINESSES IT IS HARD FOR THE PARENTS WHO HAVE KIDS AT HOME, WHO ARE WORRIED ABOUT THEIR LEARNING LOSS BETWEEN NOW AND HOPEFULLY WHEN WE CAN RESUME IN PERSON INSTRUCTION IN THE FALL AND YET WE KNOW THAT THESE ACTIONS WERE INCREDIBLY IMPORTANT TO TAKE TO SAVE LIVES WE HAVE LOST MORE PEOPLE TO COVID-19 AND WE LOST IN VIETNAM AND WE ARE NOT OUT OF THE WOODS YET SO AS WE THINK ABOUT RE- ENGAGING SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY, WE ARE ASKING QUESTIONS WE ARE DOING THE ANALYSIS, LOOKING AT THE DATA AND CRUNCHING IT TO SEE WHAT REALLY IS THE INHERENT RISK WITH DIFFERENT SECTORS OF OUR ECONOMY? QUESTIONS LIKE IS THIS SOMETHING THAT ENGAGES WITH THE PUBLIC? IN RESTAURANTS, OR HAIR SALONS, YES IT IS IS THIS WORK THAT IS DONE INSIDE OR OUTSIDE? IF IT IS INSIDE, IT IS INHERENTLY A LITTLE HIGHER RISK ARE THERE ABLE TO, TO PRACTICE SOCIAL DISTANCING? CAN YOU SPREAD SIX FEET APART? AND WHERE MASKS? WHAT DOES THAT MEAN? WHAT ARE THE PROTOCOLS NECESSARY TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE? WHEN YOU DO THIS ANALYSIS, YOU CAN CONCLUDE THAT CERTAIN ACTIVITIES ARE HIGHER RISK THAN OTHERS THAT IS WHY THE CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY IS LOWER RISK ACTIVITY, THAT IS WHY THAT IS THE NEXT TWO, MINE AS WE ARE LOOKING TO BRING OTHER PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY ONLINE, WE HAVE TO ASK THESE QUESTIONS, DO THE ANALYSIS AND THEN ALSO PURSUE WITH LEADERS IN THE INDUSTRY, PROTOCOLS THAT WILL KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WE ARE WATCHING WHAT IS HAPPENING IN OTHER PARTS OF THE WORLD AND IN OTHER PARTS OF THE COUNTRY WHEN YOU LOOK AT WHAT IS GOING ON IN GEORGIA, IT HAS BEEN DETERMINED THAT IT IS SAFE TO GO BACK FOR BUSINESS FOR THESE TYPES OF BUSINESSES THAT YOU DESCRIBED AND YET THE PUBLIC DOES NOT THINK IT IS SAFE TO DO SO SO SIMPLY DECLARING SOMETHING TO BE OPEN, AND HAVING THE PUBLIC SENTIMENT, HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT THEY WILL BE SAFE, ARE 2 SEPARATE THINGS THAT IS WHY WE REALLY WANT TO GET THIS RIGHT, SO THAT THE PUBLIC KNOWS THEY WILL BE SAFE SO THAT THE WORKERS KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE SAFE AND SO THAT WHEN WE REENGAGE WE CAN DO SO IN A WAY THAT WE DON’T HAVE TO PULL BACK BECAUSE PEOPLE ARE OBSERVING THESE IMPORTANT PROTOCOLS SO THINGS THAT ARE INTERACTING, PERSONALLY WITH THE GENERAL PUBLIC WILL COME ON LATER BUT WE ARE WORKING WITH THE RESTAURANT AND WE ARE WORKING WITH VARIOUS INDUSTRIES TO MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE GOT THE PROTOCOLS IN PLACE SO PEOPLE ARE SAFE WHEN WE DO REENGAGE TRUST ME, I AM AS ANXIOUS AS ANYONE TO START, KEEP TURNING THIS STYLE FORWARD IT HAS TO BE DRIVEN BY WHAT WE ARE SEEING IN TERMS OF COVID-19 SPREAD BECAUSE THERE STILL ARE A LOT OF PLACES IN MICHIGAN THAT WE HAVE TO KEEP A VERY CLOSE EYE ON, WERE NUMBERS ARE CONTINUING TO CLIMB AT CONCERNING RATES GOVERNOR, THE UAW SAYS IT DOESN’T WANT WORKERS BACK IN THE PLANTS TOO EARLY UNLESS IT IS SAFE THE PRESIDENT, RORY, SAYING WE HAVEN’T DONE ENOUGH TESTING TO UNDERSTAND THE THREAT ITS MEMBERS FACE HOW MANY CHANGES WILL AUTO PLANTS AND OTHER FACTORIES NEED, SO THERE CAN BE SOCIAL DISTANCING AND OTHER SAFETY

PROTOCOLS? SO, I HAVE BEEN HAVING VERY REGULAR CONVERSATIONS WITH RORY GAMBLE, THE PRESIDENT OF THE UAW AS WELL AS THE HEADS OF THE BIG THREE AUTO INDUSTRY AUTO COMPANIES AND WHAT I KNOW, IS THIS THEY HAVE BEEN WORKING VERY CLOSELY TOGETHER, TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY HAVE GOT PROTOCOLS TO KEEP PEOPLE SAFE WHEN THEY RETURNED TO WORK WHETHER IT IS ERECTING PLEXIGLAS DIVIDERS BETWEEN PEOPLE WHO ARE ON THE LINE WHO CAN’T PRACTICE THAT SIX FOOT DISTANCING, WHETHER IT IS PROTOCOLS OF MAKING SURE THAT YOU DON’T HAVE BIG SHIFT CHANGES WHERE PEOPLE ARE COMING AND GOING IN A SMALL SPACE WHETHER IT IS RAMPING UP SLOWLY, PERHAPS A THIRD OF THE WORKFORCE YOU KNOW, IN THE BEGINNING, AND RAMPING UP SLOWLY BRINGING CERTAIN PARTS OF THE ORGANIZATION ONLINE I BELIEVE THAT THEY HAVE GOT A LOT OF GREAT PROTOCOLS THAT THEY HAVE DEVELOPED WITH THE UAW BUT THE POINT IS, OUR WORKERS HAVE TO KNOW THAT THEY WILL BE SAFE IN THE WORKPLACE THEY HAVE TO KNOW THAT WHEN THEY GO TO WORK, THEY ARE NOT GOING TO BRING COVID-19 HOME TO THEIR FAMILIES THE THING ABOUT THIS VIRUS, IS THAT THERE IS NO CURE AND NO VACCINE YET THIS IS SOMETHING THAT IS HIGHLY COMMUNICABLE, AND FOR ONE PERSON IN YOUR HOUSEHOLD, IT CAN FEEL LIKE A FEVER, FOR ANOTHER, IT CAN BE FATAL SO WE REALLY HAVE TO BE DILIGENT IN MAKING SURE THAT WE ARE PROTECTING OUR WORKERS, AND OUR FAMILIES THAT IS WHY I AM WORKING VERY CLOSELY WITH BOTH THE UAW AND THE BIG THREE, TO MAKE SURE THAT WHEN WE TURN THE DIAL AND BRING THAT PART OF OUR ECONOMIC SECTOR ON, BUT PEOPLE CAN HAVE CONFIDENCE THEY WILL BE SAFE IT IS A VERY REAL CONCERN, THAT RORY HAS VOICED, I HAVE TALKED TO A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO WORK IN VARIOUS PARTS OF OUR ECONOMY, AND THEY WANT TO KNOW THEY ARE GOING TO BE SAFE WHEN THEY GO BACK TO WORK AND THAT IS OUR JOB TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE THANK YOU, GOVERNOR ANGIE? THANK YOU, FRANK GOVERNOR, WE WANT TO TALK ABOUT THE REOPENING PLANS, SPECIFICALLY THE TIMELINE, FOR EACH REGION WE HAVE VIEWERS WATCHING THIS EVENING ACROSS REGIONS, VIEWERS WHO ARE SCARED ABOUT THEIR HEALTH AND THEIR FINANCES THEY WANT TO KNOW IF THERE WILL BE MULTIPLE WEEKS OR EVEN MONTHS BETWEEN EACH REGION REOPENING TO BE ABLE TO TRACK ANY OF THE POTENTIAL SPIKES? WELL, THE QUICK ANSWER IS THAT I HOPE NOT WHAT WE HAVE SEEN FROM THE MICHIGAN PUBLIC, IS THAT BY AND LARGE, PEOPLE HAVE DONE THE RIGHT THING THAT IS PRECISELY WHY WE SAW WHAT WAS PREDICTED TO BE THIS HUGE SPIKE ACTUALLY FLATTEN OUT YOU KNOW I CAN ISSUE ALL THE ORDERS IN THE WORLD, BUT IT IS ACTUALLY PEOPLE OF OUR STATE WHO ARE DOING THE RIGHT THING AND MAKING THE DIFFERENCE I AM REALLY GRATEFUL, THE NURSES AND DOCTORS ARE GRATEFUL, OUR POLICE AND FIRE ARE GRATEFUL LEADERS LIKE SHELDON NEELY, WHO ARE DOING EVERYTHING THEY CAN AT THE LOCAL LEVEL TO MAKE SURE PEOPLE UNDERSTAND WHAT IS REALLY AT RISK HERE AND THAT WE ARE DOING OUR PART, AND I AM SO INSPIRED BY THAT WHAT WE KNOW, IS THAT AT THIS POINT, WE FEEL COMFORTABLE TURNING THAT STYLE, AND RE- ENGAGING OUR CONSTRUCTION INDUSTRY THERE WILL BE ADDITIONAL INDUSTRIES TO COME ONLINE IN THE COMING DAYS, BUT EVERY DAY, WE ARE WATCHING THESE NUMBERS, HOW MANY, WHAT PERCENTAGE OF TESTS ARE COMING BACK POSITIVE? WHAT DO WE SEE IN A PARTICULAR REGION? IS THERE A SPIKE IN A PARTICULAR REGION THAT WE NEED TO UNDERSTAND AND MAKE SURE THAT WE HAVE GOT THE APPROPRIATE TRACING PROTOCOLS, AND THAT WE ARE ABLE TO ISOLATE PEOPLE WHO HAVE COVID-19 ALL OF THESE ARE PIECES THAT HAVE TO WORK TOGETHER FOR US TO TAKE THE NEXT STEP, WE ALL NEED TO KEEP DOING OUR PART IT IS ALWAYS DEPENDENT ON WHAT THOSE NUMBERS LOOK LIKE SO, AS LONG AS WE ARE PROTECTING OURSELVES, WEARING A MASK WHEN WE ARE OUT IN PUBLIC AND IN A CLOSE SPACE, KEEPING THAT SIX FEET APART, STAYING HOME UNLESS YOU HAVE TO GET OUT FOR SOMETHING THAT IS REALLY LIKE FOOD OR MEDICINE, SO LONG AS WE KEEP DOING THAT, WE WILL KEEP TURNING THAT STYLE, AND EVERY FEW DAYS YOU WILL HEAR ME TALK ABOUT YOU KNOW, GIVE YOU AN UPDATE AND TALK ABOUT THE NEXT SECTOR TO COME ONLINE MY HOPE, IS THAT EVERYONE KEEPS DOING WHAT THEY ARE DOING AND WE CAN MAKE PROGRESS EVERY WEEK, UNTIL WE GET TO A POINT WHERE WE ARE REENGAGED SAFELY, FULLY MICHIGAN’S SUDDEN JOB LOSSES AND THE DECLINING SALES MEAN THE STATE CAN EXPECT BIG DROPS IN ITS TWO MAIN NONFEDERAL SOURCES OF REVENUE, INCOME TAX AND SALES TAX JUST AS PEOPLE ARE TURNING TO OUR STATE FOR MORE HELP THAN EVER WITH UNEMPLOYED, FOOD ASSISTANCE, HEALTHCARE COVERAGE, SO HOW WILL WE BEGIN TO MAKE UP FOR THIS LOSS IN OUR REVENUE FOR OUR BUDGET AND WILL IT MEAN AN INCREASE IN OUR TAXES? WELL, LIKE STATES ALL ACROSS THE NATION, WE HAVE TAKEN A REAL ECONOMIC HIT IN OUR HOUSEHOLDS, OUR BUSINESSES, AND OUR STATE BUDGET AS WELL THERE IS NO QUESTION THAT WE ARE GOING TO HAVE TO MAKE A LOT

OF TOUGH DECISIONS NOW THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT HAS PASSED A COUPLE OF SUPPLEMENTALS, MY HOPE IS THAT THERE IS ANOTHER ONE COMING FOR STATE BUDGET AND FOR LOCAL BUDGETS, FOR YOU KNOW, THE MUNICIPALITIES AND THE CITIES AND I THINK THAT IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT THAT WE HAVE THE FLEXIBILITY WE NEED, TO MEET THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE OF OUR STATES BECAUSE WE ARE DIFFERENT WE ARE NOT ALL THE SAME WE HAVE GOT, WE ARE GOING TO HAVE SOME REALLY IMPORTANT THINGS THAT WE HAVE TO DO, AS WE REENGAGE FOR INSTANCE, WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT WE ARE ABLE TO WRAP OUR KIDS WITH THE SUPPORT THEY NEED, SO THAT THE LEARNING LOSS THAT WE SEE OVER A TYPICAL SUMMER, ISN’T WORSE BECAUSE WE HAVE HAD TO BE OUT OF IN PERSON INSTRUCTION LONGER THAN THE USUAL SUMMER WE ARE GOING TO HAVE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH COVID-19, THAT WE COULD NEVER HAVE PREDICTED AND THAT ARE GOING TO BE HARDER TO MAKE SURE THAT THEY ARE INVESTED IN, BECAUSE WE WILL PROBABLY HAVE ABOUT A THREE BILLION-DOLLAR HEAD TO OUR GENERAL FUND AND THIS YEAR THAT IS WHY GOVERNORS ACROSS THE COUNTRY INCLUDING REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC GOVERNORS ARE BANDING TOGETHER TO TRY TO GET CONGRESS, TO MOVE THIS FORWARD AND WHILE WE ARE TALKING, I SHOULD RECOGNIZE THE CONGRESSIONAL DELEGATION THEY HAVE BEEN REALLY GREAT TO WORK WITH, REPUBLICAN AND DEMOCRATIC, WE HAVE ALL SAID WE ARE MICHIGANDERS FIRST AND WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO DO SOME IMPORTANT WORK TOGETHER, AND I AM HOPEFUL THAT AS THEY RECONVENE AND START TO TALK ABOUT AN ADDITIONAL SUPPLEMENTAL, THAT THEY HELP US OUT, BECAUSE THE STATE AND THE CITY, UNLIKE THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, CAN’T RUN DEFICITS WE HAVE TO HAVE BALANCED BUDGETS SO ASSISTANCE OUT OF WASHINGTON DC, OUR TAXPAYERS, NEED TO COME BACK INTO MICHIGAN TO HELP US GET THROUGH THIS GLOBAL PANDEMIC THANK YOU, GOVERNOR MIKE? ANGIE, THANK YOU GOVERNOR, WE ARE MOVING TO UNEMPLOYMENT NOW WE HAVE SEEN MORE THAN 1 MILLION PEOPLE IN THIS STATE LOSE WORK DURING THE PANDEMIC, MOST HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET THROUGH AND FILE FOR THEIR UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFITS BUT I SAY MOST, BECAUSE IT IS NOT ALL WE HAVE A TON OF QUESTIONS HERE TONIGHT FROM VIEWERS WHO WANT TO KNOW WHAT YOU AND YOUR TEAM ARE DOING TO FIX THE WEBSITE SO, I AM HERE ACTUALLY WITH THE DIRECTOR OF LABOR AND ECONOMIC OPPORTUNITY, AND HE IS SITTING TO MY LEFT, AND I WOULD LOVE FOR HIM TO TELL YOU A LITTLE BIT ABOUT WHAT IS GOING ON, BEFORE I HANDED OVER TO HIM, I WILL JUST ACKNOWLEDGE ONE THING A LOT OF MICHIGANDERS ARE HURTING THIS HAS BEEN A TOUGH TIME IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH TIME FOR SENIORS WHO ARE ISOLATED AND HAVEN’T SEEN THEIR GRANDKIDS IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH TIME FOR BUSINESS OWNERS WHO ARE WORRIED AND TRYING TO MOST OR ALL OF THEIR EMPLOYEES, BUT AREN’T SURE WHAT THE FUTURE IS GOING TO LOOK LIKE IT HAS BEEN A TOUGH TIME FOR A LOT OF FAMILIES WHO I HAVE TALKED TO WHO ARE STRUGGLING BECAUSE THEY HAVE LOST A LOVED ONE OR THE NURSES AND DOCTORS AND PEOPLE ON THE FRONT LINES WHO ARE STRESSED OUT AND WORRIED ABOUT THEIR OWN HEALTH AS THEY TAKE CARE OF EVERYONE ELSE WHAT WE HAVE TRIED TO DO, IN STATE GOVERNMENT IS TO MAKE IT EASIER FOR PEOPLE TO APPLY FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WE HAVE CUT A LOT OF THE RED TAPE THAT WAS PUT THERE IN THE LAST FEW YEARS, THAT MADE IT HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET THIS HELP WHEN THEY NEEDED IT WE ALSO HAVE EXTENDED UNEMPLOYMENT SO THAT THERE IS ADDITIONAL SUPPORT FOR PEOPLE RIGHT NOW, AND I THINK THAT IS IMPORTANT WE HAVE HAD OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE FILE FOR UNEMPLOYMENT WE HAVE HELPED OVER 800,000, WE HAVE DONE AN INCREDIBLE AMOUNT OF WORK, AND YET THAT IS STILL TENS OF THOUSANDS PEOPLE WHO YET NEED THE HELP WE ARE REDOUBLING, REDOUBLING, WE HAVE QUINTUPLED THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING AT THE UNEMPLOYMENT ON THE FRONT LINES WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL EVERYONE GETS THE SUPPORT TO WHICH THEY ARE ENTITLED YOU HAVE ASKED ABOUT AN UPDATE ON THE WEBSITE AND ABOUT OTHER ASPECTS OF UNEMPLOYMENT AND I WOULD LOVE FOR THE DIRECTOR TO ADD A LITTLE BIT MORE TO THAT GOVERNOR, BEFORE YOU TURN IT OVER JUST LET ME GET, LET ME GET YOU ON ABOUT THE RED TAPE, BECAUSE THERE ARE A LOT OF PEOPLE WHO ARE TELLING US THAT THEY ARE HAVING GREAT DIFFICULTY GETTING THROUGH SOME OF THAT RED TAPE WHAT CAN YOU TELL THOSE PEOPLE ABOUT WHAT THEY SHOULD DO, TO CUT THROUGH IT? SO, ONE OF THE THINGS THAT I DID EARLY ON, DURING THIS CRISIS, WAS TO ELIMINATE THE REQUIREMENTS THAT PEOPLE NEEDED TO GET PAPERWORK FROM THEIR FORMER BOSS, FOR INSTANCE, AS ONE EXAMPLE THIS WAS SOMETHING THAT WAS AN IMPEDIMENT, THAT WAS CREATED OVER THE LAST NUMBER OF YEARS, AND WE WANTED TO MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE IN THE MIDST OF ALL OF THIS DIDN’T HAVE TO DO THAT, IN ADDITION I KNOW THAT THERE ARE TENS OF THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE THAT ARE FRUSTRATED AND HAVE BEEN TRYING TO GET THROUGH, THEY NEED THE ONE-ON-ONE HELP, THAT IS WHY WE QUINTUPLED, TIMES FIVE, THE NUMBER OF PEOPLE THAT ARE WORKING THE PHONES WE ARE NOT GOING TO STOP UNTIL EVERY CLAIM IS MET

BUT, ADDITIONALLY I THINK THERE IS MORE TO THE STORY THAT I KNOW THE DIRECTOR IS IN A BETTER POSITION TO SHARE AND I WOULD LOVE FOR HIM TO HAVE THAT OPPORTUNITY THANKS, GOVERNOR THE THING WE HAVE SEEN, IN TERMS OF UNEMPLOYMENT IN THE STATE, IS THAT THE HEALTH CRISIS CAUSED BY COVID-19 HAS CAUSED A DEEP NEED FOR UNEMPLOYED BENEFITS THE DEPARTMENT OF LABOR TODAY RELEASED NUMBERS AND MILLIONS MORE OF AMERICANS WERE ADDED TO THE UNEMPLOYMENT ROLLS, IN MICHIGAN WE HAVE 1.3 MILLION WHO HAVE SOUGHT UNEMPLOYMENT CLAIMS NOW THAT IS HISTORIC NUMBERS THAT WE HAVE NEVER SEEN IN THE STATE AND CERTAINLY WE HAVE NEVER SEEN IN SUCH A SHORT PERIOD OF TIME WE KNOW THAT OTHER STATES HAVE STRUGGLED TO TAKE IN THESE NUMBERS, THESE CLAIMS TO PAY OUT CLAIMS AND MICHIGAN IS NOT ALONE IN THE FACT THAT WE HAVE HAD TROUBLE WITH FOLKS GETTING THROUGH THE WEBSITE HAS BEEN SLOW AT TIMES, BUT IS FULLY FUNCTIONAL AND OPERATING AND PEOPLE ARE ABLE TO GET THROUGH WE HAVE OVER 1 MILLION PEOPLE WHO ARE ACCESSING IT EACH DAY ON THE WEBSITE SO, THE GOOD NEWS IS THAT WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO GET BENEFITS TO ABOUT 1.1 MILLION PEOPLE, THAT REPRESENTS ABOUT $3 BILLION IN BENEFITS THAT WE HAVE ALREADY PAID OUT IN A VERY SHORT PERIOD OF TIME THAT SMALL COMFORT THAT WE KNOW, TO THE THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO STILL NEED THAT ONE- ON-ONE HELP, BECAUSE THEY HAVE GOTTEN CAUGHT IN SOME LEGAL ISSUE, THAT THEY HAVE TO RESOLVE, AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO MAKING SURE THAT WE GET THROUGH EVERY SINGLE ONE OF THOSE, NO ONE WILL LOSE A DOLLAR OF BENEFIT, BECAUSE OF THE FACT THAT THEY ARE STILL NEEDING OUR ONE-ON-ONE HELP WE HAVE ADDED THOSE HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO THE CALL CENTERS, HUNDREDS OF PEOPLE TO THE ADJUDICATION PROCESS, AND TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERY SINGLE PERSON IS GOING TO GET THE BENEFITS THAT THEY NEED AND WE ARE COMMITTED TO DOING THAT WE WILL NOT REST UNTIL THAT HAPPENS LET ME SEND IT BACK OVER TO FRANK NOW THANK YOU, MIKE GOVERNOR, WE HAVE HEARD FROM MANY DOCTORS AND NURSES, THE CRISIS BEGAN, SO MANY, DESPERATELY PLEADING FOR MORE PERSONAL PROTECTIVE EQUIPMENT MASSIVE SHORTAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY, INCLUDING RIGHT HERE IN OUR STATE, MANY MICHIGANDERS, BUSINESS LEADERS, VARIOUS COMPANIES ALL ANSWERING THE CALL FOR HELP MOVING FORWARD, WHAT CAN OUR STATES DO TO BUILD UP ITS SUPPLY OF PPE FOR FRONTLINE WORKERS? THANK YOU FOR THAT QUESTION YOU KNOW, ONE OF THE MOST STARTLING CONVERSATIONS EARLY ON IN THIS PROCESS, WAS THE CONVERSATION WITH THE NATION’S GOVERNORS AND THE WHITE HOUSE IT WAS CONVEYED TO US, THAT WE WERE GOING TO HAVE TO COME UP WITH ALL OF THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ON OUR OWN THAT THE NATIONAL STOCKPILE WAS NEVER GOING TO BE ABLE TO MEET OUR NEEDS, AND THEY TOLD US EARLY ON, YOU BETTER GO START LOOKING FOR THIS I THINK THAT WAS A VERY SOBERING MOMENT WE REALIZED THAT IN THE STATE EMERGENCY OPERATIONS CENTER, WE WOULD HAVE TO STAND UP A PROCUREMENT OFFICE, THAT WOULD HAVE A GLOBAL REACH, WE HAVE FOLLOWED UP ON EVERY LEAD THAT HAS BEEN SENT TO US, WE HAVE CONTRACTED AROUND THE GLOBE, AND I KNOW THAT SOME EYEBROWS WENT UP WHEN I ACKNOWLEDGED THAT WE ARE ALSO KIND OF BIDDING AGAINST ONE ANOTHER AND OFTEN TIMES, THE CONTRACTS WOULD BE SUPERSEDED BY THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, RIGHT AS WE WERE EXPECTING TO TAKE YOU KNOW, WE WERE EXPECTED TO RECEIVE THEM ONE OF THE THINGS THAT WE HAVE BEEN SUCCESSFUL AT DOING, AFTER WE GOT ALL OF OUR, AS MUCH AS WE COULD OUT OF THE FEDERAL GOVERNMENT, IN ADDITION TO THAT, WE HAVE BEEN CONTRACTING WE HAVE BEEN ABLE TO BUILD UP A STORAGE OF PPE WE ARE TALKING ABOUT DAYS, MAYBE WEEKS OF IT EARLY IN THIS CRISIS, WE WERE LIVING LITERALLY DAY TODAY, WHERE DOCTORS WERE WEARING MASKS AND NURSES WERE WEARING MASKS FOR A FULL 12 HOUR SHIFT THAT IS DANGEROUS THAT IS NOT HOW IT SHOULD BE IT DOESN’T MEAN THAT BECAUSE WE HAVE GOTTEN A FEW DAYS WORTH OR WEEK’S WORTH, THAT WE CAN LET UP FOR EVEN A SECOND WE HAVE TO CONTINUE THIS EFFORT, WE ARE GRATEFUL FOR SO MANY MICHIGAN BUSINESSES THAT HAVE STARTED TO MANUFACTURE THIS PPE, IT IS REALLY IMPORTANT, AS WE START TO REENGAGE OUR WORKFORCE, WE KNOW THAT THESE PIECES OF EQUIPMENT ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BE COMMONPLACE WE KNOW THAT YOU WILL NEED TO WEAR A MASK FOR THE FORESEEABLE FUTURE, WHEN YOU GO TO THE GROCERY STORE FOR YOUR SAFETY AND FOR THE GROCERY CLERKS SAFETY THAT IS WHY WE ARE WORKING WITH THE PEER MICHIGAN BUSINESS CONNECT TO ENSURE THAT AS BUSINESSES COME ONLINE, THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO GET THAT