Snow emergencies bring government restrictions

Meredith Jessup

The Mackinac Center’s Tom Gantert explores government action from within the Vortex of Doom:

In the midst of the winter storm this week, Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero declared a snow emergency, which prohibited “non-essential” commercial, private and public travel on city roads.

It raised questions about how much authority the government should have to ban travel during bad snow storms.

In Indianapolis, Mayor Greg Ballard declared a “red” travel emergency Jan. 5 that made it illegal for residents to go out on city streets except in an emergency. Indianapolis also has an “orange” travel emergency that allows for “essential” travel only.

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