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Posted: 3/2/2021 11:12:07 PM EDT
The news won't talk about it, I know big surprise.  Anybody know what the deal is?
Link Posted: 3/3/2021 1:42:59 AM EDT
I'm sure it's Whitmer trying to cover her ass and suppress the real information.
Link Posted: 3/3/2021 5:19:45 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/3/2021 5:20:22 AM EDT by deadboi77]
Kinda surprised Midland Daily has something about it.

Rep. Annette Glenn, R-Midland, is calling on Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to revoke a more than $155,000 payment to former Health and Human Services Director Robert Gordon, stating taxpayers should not foot this bill.

Glenn, in a press release Tuesday, claimed the $155,506 payment as part of Gordon's separation agreement is "taxpayer-financed hush money" and she is looking to prevent Whitmer from "continuing to use tax dollars as 'hush money' when department heads or employees leave state regulatory agencies."

Gordon voluntarily resigned as director of the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services on Jan. 22, without explanation, amid the COVID-19 pandemic. After Michigan Supreme Court ruled against Whitmer's executive orders in October, it was Gordon who began issuing orders under the Public Health Code for the state's health department.

His separation agreement, signed Feb. 22 by Gordon and Chief Legal Counsel Mark Totten, details the $155,506.05 payment is nine months of salary and COBRA (health insurance) payments and is for "consideration for releasing all claims against (the state) arising out of his employment."

The contract also includes a confidentiality agreement.

"In the interest of protecting deliberations among government officials, the parties agree to maintain confidentiality regarding (Gordon's) departure from employment unless required by law to release such information," the contract states. "In response to a Freedom of Information Act request that specifically references (Gordon), (the State) will inform (Gordon) when a determination has been made that all of the conditions have been met for the release of documents."

Deputy Press Secretary for the governor, Chelsea Parisio, told the Daily News Tuesday that executive separation agreements that include confidentiality terms and release of claims are "fairly standard practice."

"Per the terms of the agreement, we can't comment further on a personnel matter," she stated in an email.

Glenn, who is also chair of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Environment, Great Lakes, and the Energy, is calling for more transparency within the state administration and for the payment to be revoked. She said the agreement "can't help but raise questions about what Gov. Whitmer doesn't want former Director Gordon telling lawmakers and the public."

Glenn stated she will propose that her subcommittee add language to the budget of the state Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy to prohibit using tax dollars "for such payoffs if designed to silence departing officials."

She'll also encourage all other appropriations subcommittee chairs to add the same language to all other state agency budgets, she said.

"When it comes to state agencies responsible for decisions that put public safety and people's lives and livelihoods on the line, the people of Michigan have every right to full disclosure and transparency," Glenn said. "Gov. Whitmer should not be allowed to use state tax dollars to pay 'hush money' to departing state regulators, and now that it's been revealed, she should reverse her attempt to force taxpayers to foot the bill for buying Mr. Gordon's silence."

At a COVID-19 update press conference Tuesday, a couple reporters asked Whitmer about the agreement, to which she said there were not any improprieties with Gordon's work, but couldn't elaborate further due to the terms in the agreement.

She was also asked why she gave him the money in the first place and whether it was hush money, as Republican lawmakers allege.

"I really bristle at that characterization," Whitmer said. "It is the nature of a separation agreement when someone in a leadership position leaves  is that you know, there are terms to it, and you can't share every term to it. And that's simply what it is."

Just before that she said, "the former director resigned, I accepted it and we were continuing to move forward because we got a lot of tough work to do."

Transparency with the State

Glenn said prohibiting "hush money" contracts are all the more important because of Gov. Whitmer's past actions, noting her veto on the bipartisan legislation that would have protected state employees when communicating concerns to lawmakers.

"Now she's doubling down on this troubling keep-taxpayers-in-the-dark mindset even more by forcing taxpayers to finance keeping state employees quiet after they're no longer working for the state," Glenn said. "Why these brazen, ongoing, escalating in-your-face schemes to keep people quiet at all costs, even if she has to use taxpayers' money to do it? The people of Michigan have a right to know."

Glenn introduced legislation to establish an ombudsman's office that state whistleblowers could contact without having their identities disclosed, which won support in the House.

In addition, Michigan is one of the only states in which the governor's office is not subject to Freedom of Information Act requirements to make all official records, communications, and deliberations available to the public.

Glenn noted that her first bill as a legislator was part of a legislative package to subject the governor's office and the Legislature to FOIA-type disclosure requirements making all internal communications and decision-making available to the public. It overwhelmingly passed the House but was not taken up by the state Senate.

Glenn has reintroduced the whistleblower legislation and plans to soon reintroduce FOIA-related legislation.

Link Posted: 3/3/2021 1:18:49 PM EDT
Fox news had this today.

Link Posted: 3/4/2021 11:15:00 PM EDT
I wonder if this is over their putting Covid patients in nursing homes?   I know someone who works in a local nursing home and they lost 50+ after Covid patients arrived.
Link Posted: 3/5/2021 6:52:32 AM EDT
[Last Edit: 3/5/2021 6:53:03 AM EDT by 2Hut8]
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Originally Posted By madmathew:
I wonder if this is over their putting Covid patients in nursing homes?   I know someone who works in a local nursing home and they lost 50+ after Covid patients arrived.
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My bet is that the Whitmer's office was directing the regulations via the health department regardless of whether or not the health department agreed with them.   The guy in charge got fed up with rubber stamping Whitmer's crap and quit.   Whitmer is paying him hush money to keep the people of Michigan from finding out that the health department is nothing more than a sock puppet.    I don't have any evidence to back this theory.  

Link Posted: 3/5/2021 10:38:29 AM EDT
He was appointed by her and it was obvious that she was still giving the orders just that he regurgitated them from her.  After a couple months the news went back to reporting it as Gov. Whitmer says .......I assumed everyone understood that.   I also assumed that this guy was fine with that.   It was when they started looking into the nursing home deaths in NY that this guy bailed.   Trump had started these investigations and I was concerned that they would be buried after Biden took office but maybe not.  Maybe too many democrats lost loved one there to let it go that easily.
Link Posted: 4/29/2021 11:26:39 PM EDT
Does anyone remember where the nursing home took place or what news did report at the time?

Link Posted: 5/4/2021 11:12:30 PM EDT
Her crimes are being swept under the rug by her partner in crime nessel.
Link Posted: 5/7/2021 11:29:41 AM EDT
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Originally Posted By Max429:
Her crimes are being swept under the rug by her partner in crime nessel.
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I have no doubt nessel won't do a damn thing.
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