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Gov. Whitmer directs state employees to report health threats

New Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer during her inauguration. (FOX 17 Photo)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is directing state employees to immediately report all “imminent” threats to public health, safety or welfare higher up the chain.

The Democrat issued her first executive directive Wednesday, a day after taking office. She was joined by employees of the state Department of Environmental Quality, which came under fire for its role in Flint’s water crisis during former Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration.

Whitmer says she wants to ensure that state workers are empowered to speak up “when they feel our public health is at risk.” Her order tells department and agency directors who receive a report to assess whether there is an imminent threat and to report their decision to Whitmer’s chief compliance officer.

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  • Matthew

    It’s not about reporting higher up. It’s about government being beyond acountibility. The government has an overwhelming advantage of never being acountible no matter what position or who is in charge. The democrats are the worst offenders. We need less protectionist policies that creates government created problems like flint in the first place.
    The Government should be doing nothing but making sure your rights of self ownership are intact. Centralized planing will do nothing but create more corrupt government and less freedom. Support your local libertarians.

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