Gov. Whitmer: Loss of powers may put state back in ‘danger zone’

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Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks during a coronavirus news conference in Lansing on Sept. 2, 2020. (Courtesy: Michigan Exec. Office of the Governor)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer says her use of emergency powers to manage the pandemic is not unique and she worries that efforts to take away her authority, if successful, could lead coronavirus cases to spike to dangerous levels in Michigan.

Whitmer locked down Michigan in the spring, when the deadly virus hit and threatened to overwhelm hospitals, but she has since reopened schools and much of the economy — with restrictions.

Michigan is faring better with COVID-19 than many other states after it was initially a hot spot.

Republicans are suing and backing a ballot drive to strip her unilateral powers.

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