Six East Coast Governors Will Create Panel To Study Re-Opening Of Their States

(FamilyRetirementClub.Com)- The governors of six Eastern states announced on Monday that they will form a group that will analyze and create a plan to re-open the economy in their states.
Andrew Cuomo, the governor of New York, announced that his state along with Connecticut, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Delaware will each appoint an economic adviser and public health official to a group that will eventually create a plan for re-opening the states that are close together and have residents travel between the states often.
At a news conference, Cuomo said:
“We’ve been talking today about the fact that New York believes we have reached a plateau. We should start looking forward to re-opening, quote unquote, but re-opening with a plan and a smart plan. If you do it wrong, it can backfire.”
All of the governors involved are Democrats, and said it was important for their states to act “in concert” so one state’s actions don’t inadvertently hurt another, which could cause another outbreak of the coronavirus.
Cuomo said the officials named to the panel would “study the data, study the research, study the experience of other countries, and give us guidelines and parameters to go forward.” They would also take “into consideration public health concerns and issues and the economic reactivation issues and concerns.”
Ned Lamont, the governor of Connecticut, said:
“We can put together a system that allows our people to get back to work.”
Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey, the state with the second most confirmed cases of coronavirus, said positive tests have flattened, but they state is “not yet there” in terms of defeating the virus. He said the decision to re-open New Jersey would be “based on the facts, the data, the science,” but that the timing has to be right.
He continued:
“You could have inadvertent unintended consequences, which could be grave. This is the fight of our lives. Let there be no doubt about it, and we’re not out of the woods yet, and re-opening ourselves back up will be equally as challenging, beyond the shadow of a doubt.”
The announcement on Monday was welcome news for many, but it could signal a sort of fight between states and the federal government. Earlier Monday, President Donald Trump tweeted that the “decision to open up the states” is his, not the governors’.
He continued by tweeting that re-opening is, “the decision of the President, and for many good reasons. With that being said, the Administration and I are working closely with the Governors, and this will continue. A decision by me, in conjunction with the Governors and input from others, will be made shortly!”
The issue for Trump and the administration is that he doesn’t have the power to force states to lift restrictions or re-open businesses. The closure of non-essential businesses in each of these states — along with other restrictions — were the moves of the governors and not the federal government, after all.