Motor City casinos hit jackpot, U.P. businesses go bust
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today issued the following statement in response to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest executive order reinstituting limits on indoor gatherings in the Upper Peninsula and northern Lower Peninsula while also partially reopening the city of Detroit’s three casinos:
“Once again, Gov. Whitmer has gone all in on big businesses only to flop on rural Michigan. If our state’s COVID-19 response has actually been about the ‘science’ like the governor claims, she would be treating every industry – regardless of their cash game – fairly.
“Instead, Motor City casinos have hit the jackpot with this new executive order while U.P. small businesses go bust. If the governor truly cared about the data, she would understand dealing these mom-and-pop shops more restrictions makes no sense at all.
“The city of Detroit alone represents nearly 25 percent of Michigan’s COVID-19 deaths. Meanwhile, the Upper Peninsula in its entirety represents less than 1 percent. The most recent numbers show COVID-19 hospitalizations remain low, with reports from the Upper Peninsula’s 10 hospitals indicating only two patients are currently admitted – neither of which are in the ICU. “Less than one out of every 100 tests done in the Upper Peninsula has come back positive. We have more tests available than people seeking to be tested. Lastly, all hospitals have a three-week supply, or more, of PPE stockpiled in case of an outbreak.”
LaFave, of Iron Mountain, said the proposals would protect nursing home residents, extend unemployment benefits, and safely reopen local unemployment offices and Secretary of State branches in the wake of the recent Michigan Supreme Court ruling that struck down the governor’s coronavirus-related executive orders.
State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, today said he is frustrated that Gov. Gretchen Whitmer vetoed his bill to help hunters with physical disabilities. LaFave’s measure, House Bill 4332, would have allowed the use of air-powered bows for firearm season. Hunters with specific disabilities would have been allowed to apply for a permit from […]
Wednesday the Michigan Senate approved a bill sponsored by State Rep. Beau LaFave, of Iron Mountain, that will open more hunting opportunities for hunters with and without physical disabilities.