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Whitmer’s War Against Michigan’s Hospitality Sector

Whitmer’s War Against Michigan’s Hospitality Sector

October 4, 2021

Lansing, Mich., October 4, 2021 – Many businesses across Michigan have been permanently closed due to Gretchen Whitmer’s unilateral policies of economic suppression, with the hospitality industry having been particularly impacted. The latest statistics from the federal government show that Whitmer’s heavy-handed, unconstitutional shutdowns mainly affected restaurants. Referring to leisure and hospitality jobs, MLive reports:

“Despite gains throughout the summer, leisure and hospitality jobs are only 81.6% recovered – by far the worst of all major industries, per the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. As of August, the industry had about 354,000 employees in Michigan, about 80,000 fewer than pre-pandemic.”

Through her excessive lockdowns, the restaurants that survived Whitmer’s disastrous policies relied on a successful summer of 2021. Whitmer’s war on the hospitality industry extended past lockdowns alone, as her continuation of the extra $300 in federal unemployment through this summer had a profound negative effect. The sector fell victim to a practice known as “ghosting,” where unemployment recipients game the system by scheduling interviews to fulfill the job search requirements to continue receiving unemployment. A month removed from the conclusion of the extra $300 benefit, the restaurant industry is seeing the results they needed months ago. In an interview with the Executive Director with the Michigan Restaurant and Lodging Association, MLive continues:

“Ghosting has diminished since federal unemployment benefits ended in Michigan on Sept. 4, Winslow said. One of his members has seen 50% more applications since benefits ended, he said.”

Whitmer’s unilateral orders put thousands of Michigan businesses under challenging positions, then her failure to demonstrate any leadership at all is what prolonged the recovery process. Michigan’s hospitality industry, which relies on booming profit margins between May and September, will now have to fight for survival through the winter. 

“For owners and employees in the hospitality industry, Gretchen Whitmer’s legacy will be defined by the businesses and jobs she has eliminated,” said Eric Ventimiglia, Executive Director for Michigan Rising Action. Ventimiglia continued, “Whitmer still will not commit to more lockdowns making it even harder to rely on the ability to rebound in the coming months. It is hard to imagine that any Governor in our history has had such a negative impact on Michigan’s hospitality sector.”

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