GM responds to allegations of racism
DETROIT – GM is responding to allegations of racism that were printed in a full-page advertisement in Sunday’s Detroit Free Press. The advertisement accuses GM CEO Mary Barra of consistently refusing to meet with several Black-owned media companies. Detroiter Byron Allen is asking GM to allocate at least 5% of its advertising budget to go toward Black-owned media companies. The ad claims less than 1% of GM’s marketing budget goes toward Black-owned media companies. GMThe automaker cited its work with HBCUs, its partnership with National Association Of Black Owned Broadcasters and AIMM.
Live stream: Fauci, White House COVID response team hold briefing
In this image from video, Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases and chief medical adviser to the president, speaks during a White House briefing on the Biden administration's response to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, in Washington. (White House via AP)(Copyright 2021 The Associated Press. All rights reserved)
Michigan Gov. Whitmer: Statewide mask requirement remains in effect
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan's health department issued a mask requirement and other coronavirus restrictions Monday, just days after the state Supreme Court invalidated a 75-year-old emergency powers law that underpinned Gov. The ruling nullified all virus-related orders issued after April 30. It means Whitmer must negotiate with lawmakers to extend a state of emergency and any new underlying COVID-19 orders she writes. However, the administration can control an epidemic under a 1978 public health law that was not at issue in the case, though its authority is narrower. He said a different state department would soon issue workplace safety rules, like restaurant capacity limits, mirroring ones that were nixed under the court ruling.
Whitmer, Cuomo call for federal investigation into Trump’s pandemic response
Gretchen Whitmer and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo released a joint statement this week calling for a Congressional oversight investigation into the Trump administration’s pandemic response. (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images) (2020 Getty Images)The Democratic governors are accusing President Trump and his Republican administration of politicizing their response to the coronavirus pandemic. The unprecedented and unacceptable scale of this tragedy is the direct result of President Trump and the federal government’s deceit, political self-dealing, and incompetence. In New York, Cuomo issued similar restaurant, school and public gathering mandates.
LIVE STREAM: Michigan Gov. Whitmer holds coronavirus briefing
Gretchen Whitmer will hold a briefing on the states ongoing response to coronavirus (COVID-19) on Wednesday morning. Whitmer and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Chief Medical Executive Dr. Joneigh Khaldun will hold the briefing at 11 a.m. -- watch it live in the video player above. This will be the first COVID-19 briefing held by the governor in more than a week. COVID-19 cases have continued to slow in Michigan. The state reported 74 new COVID-19 cases on Monday, June 15, and has not had a daily case count of more than 300 since May 31.
LIVE STREAM: Gov. Whitmer holds briefing on Midland County flooding response
MIDLAND, Mich. – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will offer an update on the state’s response to the devastating floods in Midland County last month. Whitmer will provide a brief update alongside local officials on the state’s response to the historic flooding in Mid-Michigan. Afterward, she will volunteer at the flood relief donation distribution center. The briefing is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. -- you can watch it live in the video player above.
Michigan Gov. Whitmer called to testify before US House subcommittee about COVID-19 response
Gretchen Whitmer has been called to testify before a U.S. House subcommittee about her state’s response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. The hearing is titled, “On the Front Lines: How Governors are Battling the COVID-19 Pandemic.”Whitmer is being called to testify about her state’s COVID-19 response efforts. Asa Hutchinson also have been called to testify. Whitmer has been outspoken in her requests for help from the federal government, calling for help with ventilators, personal protection equipment (PPE) and COVID-19 testing kits. She has repeated her belief in the need for “robust testing,” and that federal leaders should help the state achieve it.
Michigan governor says she, staff taking pay cuts amid COVID-19 pandemic
Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she is taking a 10 percent pay cut to her salary during the COVID-19 pandemic. Whitmer said her senior staff members will take a 5 percent pay cut. The number of confirmed cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in Michigan has risen to 32,000 as of Monday, including 2,468 deaths, state officials report. Sunday’s total was 31,424 confirmed cases and 2,391 deaths.