News from Progress Michigan

January 3, 2019

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616-916-0574,

Whitmer Does Right on Ethics, Transparency

Day 2 of governorship brings much needed ethics reform to Michigan

LANSING — Progress Michigan is applauding Governor Gretchen Whitmer for banning the use of private emails and campaign activities on public time.

“This is a great move by the governor to begin to bring some much-needed ethics and transparency changes to our state,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Michigan ranks dead last in the nation when it comes to transparency in state government and this directive will begin the long process of fixing the system. We’ve seen too many examples of elected officials abusing the public’s trust and it needs to end.”

Progress Michigan has a lawsuit pending before the Michigan Supreme Court seeking private emails used to conduct public business by former Attorney General Bill Schuette and his staff. The group has evidence of the practice happening despite Schuette’s claims no such records existed.

“We hope this is only the beginning of the Whitmer administration’s efforts to bring more sunshine to state government,” Scott continued. “Under eight years of total Republican control our state government has operated in the gray area, blocked from true transparency. We applaud Gov. Whitmer’s actions to move Michigan forward.”


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