After the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday stayed the federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration’s mandate that workers at large employers be vaccinated or regularly tested for COVID-19, state Rep. Timmy Beson, of Bangor Township, today issued the following statement:
“This over-the-top mandate went after people at work for their personal choices about the vaccine. It certainly deserved to be stopped.
“Speaking from experience as a business owner, the mandate would have been terrible for employers, too. Although the mandate did not apply to smaller businesses, job providers of all sizes are already struggling to find employees. Certainly, workers should not be fired because of a mandate from a federal agency. And the testing option doesn’t do much to help them out; anyone who has glanced at the news recently knows there’s a shortage of COVID tests.
“The Supreme Court protected workers and businesses by putting a stop to this misguided mandate from the Biden administration.”
From left, state Sen. Kevin Daley, R-Lum; state Rep. Timmy Beson, R-Bangor Township; and Greg Buzzard of That Guys BBQ & Grill stand together at the Labadie Rib Fest at Veterans Memorial Park in Bay City on Thursday, July 28. That Guys won first place for both ribs and sauce in the people’s choice awards at the festival.
A balanced, bipartisan state budget to support critical efforts such as police and roads, which was approved by state Rep. Timmy Beson and the Michigan Legislature earlier this month, became law today.
Rep. Beson, who sits on the House Appropriations Subcommittee on K-12 School Aid, says the Legislature and state government need to increase their attention on Michigan kids who have come through the pandemic, saying what is needed is a long-term focus on losses in educational opportunities and socialization.