Governor Whitmer issues 8 executive directives in her first week in office

Published: Jan. 6, 2019 at 5:27 PM EST
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(01/06/2018) - Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer wrapped up her first week in office getting to work right away issuing eight executive orders in her first few days.

Whitmer just days after being sworn into office, signed eight executive directives during her first week. Some are part of an effort to increase transparency in the state government.

"As governor one of my principal duties is to protect the health, the safety and the welfare of all Michigan residents," said Whitmer on Wednesday during the signing.

"We'll put Michiganders first and we'll have an open door policy and we'll actually listen."

Whitmer's first directive was signed Wednesday, mandating that state employees report threats to the public health, safety and welfare.

Political analyst Paul Rozycki says it's a response to the Flint Water Crisis.

"It clearly responds to Flint and the whole Water Crisis so it's significant that she made that her first executive order for her term as governor," said Rozycki.

Rozycki believes Whitmer wants to finish the job left by the previous administration before moving onto anything else.

"I think what she would like to do is get that settled in some degree, get that behind her so she can move on to fixing the roads and other things on her agenda," said Rozycki.

Whitmer issued six more executive directives Thursday including banning private emails for state business and placing a ban on campaigning during work hours or with taxpayer money.

Her final directive of week one is designed to help expand opportunities for certain small businesses facing economic challenges.

Rozycki says it could play a factor in Flint's growth.

"To the extent that Flint's growth is based on small business,” said Rozycki. “The idea of encouraging small is business is going to make, again it's the step in the right direction for cities like Flint where the large businesses and major corporations have gone and what growth we're seeing is often small businesses starting downtown."

Governor Whitmer will be in Flint next Saturday for the Winter Warm Up event from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Flint Farmer's market.