Whitmer’s threats to once again restrict the freedoms and the rights of Michigan citizens — including shuttering bars, restaurants and barbers — could do permanent damage to the state economy, which already has one of the worst unemployment rates in the country following stringent stay-home restrictions.

The Unlock Michigan campaign is smartly harnessing Owosso barber Karl Manke, who became the face of the frustration many Michiganians felt when he defied the governor’s orders and started cutting hair in May, which he says he did out of financial duress.

“Let us never allow a governor to have the power to decide alone to lock us down again without being accountable,” Manke says in a video on the ballot committee’s website.

Unlock Michigan seeks to repeal the 1945 Emergency Powers of Governor Act that Whitmer has used as justification for her continued extensions of the state emergency without any legislative input.