Democrat Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer and the state legislature have agreed on a budget proposal that bans health officials from forcing masks in schools and prevents public state agencies from forcing vaccines on customers or employers. The order does not stop local school boards or districts from making children muzzle up.
“The director or local health officer shall not issue or enforce any orders or other directives that require an individual in this state who is under the age of 18 to wear a face mask or face covering,” the 1,000-page budget states in one section.
Whitmer has indicated she will sign the budget before the new fiscal year, with a deadline of October 1st.
“The governor has demonstrated that she believes that local health departments and local school boards should be involved in these decisions,” says Oakland County Executive David Coulter, Click on Detroit reported. “I agree with that and any opportunity to remove us from that would be a huge mistake, and I would certainly hope that she would not support that.”