Whitmer suspends Michigan government executive hires, restricts spending

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LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday that she is temporarily suspending hiring in the executive branch of the state government and restricting discretionary spending.

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Whitmer has signed two executive directives, the first of which temporarily suspends hiring, the creation of new positions, the filling of vacancies, transfer and promotion within the executive branch of state government.

The other executive directive temporarily restricts discretionary spending by state departments and agencies as they work to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Michigan.

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“I want to thank the countless government employees who work tirelessly to protect our communities from the spread of COVID-19,” Whitmer said. “We’ll get through this together. As we continue to navigate this crisis, my number one priority is to protect the health and safety of the Michiganders. However, we also need to work to prepare our state for the impact the COVID-19 crisis will have on our economy and the state budget. These decrees will help us do just that. “

These restrictions cover, but are not limited to, all contracts, purchases, travel, training and other forms of discretionary non-essential spending, according to a statement.

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