Midwest governors announce partnership to coordinate reopening economies

Midwest governors announce partnership to coordinate reopening economies
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Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker (D) on Thursday announced the latest coalition of regional governors who will collaborate on a plan for reopening their states’ economies after the coronavirus pandemic subsides.

The alliance will include Pritzker, Michigan Gov. Gretchen WhitmerGretchen WhitmerTwo men charged with making threatening calls to Michigan officials Biden sparks Twitter debate over pronunciation of Midwest supermarket chain White Christian nationalism and the next wave of political violence MORE (D), Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine (R), Indiana Gov. Eric Holcomb (R), Kentucky Gov. Andy Beshear (D), Wisconsin Gov. Tony EversTony EversWisconsin bill would require playing of national anthem at taxpayer-funded venues Governors in hot water over their coronavirus response Ex-Trump chief of staff Priebus mulling Wisconsin governor bid MORE (D) and Minnesota Gov. Tim WalzTim Walz Minneapolis beefs up security ahead of former officer's trial in George Floyd death Officials: Barr blocked officer plea deal in George Floyd death OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Biden EPA asks Justice Dept. to pause defense of Trump-era rules | Company appeals rejection of Pebble Mine | Energy pick Granholm to get hearing Wednesday MORE (D).

“We are doing everything we can to protect the people of our states and slow the spread of COVID-19, and we are eager to work together to mitigate the economic crisis this virus has caused in our region,” the governors said in a joint statement.


“Here in the Midwest, we are bound by our commitment to our people and the community. We recognize that our economies are all reliant on each other, and we must work together to safely reopen them so hardworking people can get back to work and businesses can get back on their feet,” the statement adds.

The governors said in the statement that they will make decisions on reopening based on a combination of the rate of new infections and hospitalizations, testing and contact tracing capacity, the ability of the state’s health care system to handle a resurgence and the extent to which workplaces can implement social distancing best practices.


“Phasing in sectors of our economy will be most effective when we work together as a region. This doesn’t mean our economy will reopen all at once, or that every state will take the same steps at the same time. But close coordination will ensure we get this right,” the statement reads.

“Over time, people will go back to work, restaurants will reopen, and things will go back to normal. We look forward to working together as one region to tackle this challenge together,” it concludes.

The coalition is the third one announced for the same purpose, following similar compacts between governors on the West Coast and in the Northeast.