Senate approves funds to investigate governor’s COVID-19 nursing home policy

The Senate has approved a supplemental budget bill to provide funding to investigate the Gov. Gretchen Whitmer administration’s failed policy of putting people who had COVID-19 into the state’s nursing homes and long-term care facilities.

Senate Bill 27 would provide up to $250,000 to support investigations by county prosecutors into long-term care and residential care facility COVID-19 policies implemented by the governor and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.

The families who have lost loved ones during the pandemic deserve to have closure.

The governor’s failed policies are responsible for forcing our most vulnerable residents into living spaces with seniors who have tested positive for COVID-19. Our seniors now account for at least one-third of our state’s COVID-19 deaths.

Gov. Whitmer has refused to work with the Legislature and has denied answers to the grieving families she was elected to represent. This legislation will provide resources to county prosecutors to do what our state’s attorney general won’t — investigate the deaths of thousands of Michigan seniors.

Senate Bill 27 has been sent to the Michigan House of Representatives for further consideration.