The majority of the bedding plants grown in Michigan are grown on the west side of the state.
The west side of the state is conservative and votes overwhelmingly Republican.
The bedding plant business is mostly a one-and-done business. They go like a bat out of Hades this time of year and then people stop buying bedding plants.
Democratic Governor, Gretchen Whitmer decided that being able to grow food in your garden is not critical infrastructure and ordered stores to close down their garden centers and greenhouses.
You might think, well, at least the commercial greenhouses can keep growing plants.
The problem is that the vast majority of their plants are sold through the Walmarts, Meijers and Home Depots of the world. If the big-box store cannot sell them, then the big-box will cancel their orders.
Those plants are already growing. Many of them are ready to put on the truck.
Sadly, most of them will end up in the compost pile behind the greenhouses. The commercial greenhouses are looking at losing an entire year's worth of revenue while still retaining an entire year's worth of costs.
From the standpoint of those of us who grow things, it feels like a cheap, political stab-in-the-back. One must wonder, was she smiling as she twisted the knife?