Did Governor Charlie Baker overstep his authority when he declared a state of emergency during the pandemic and ordered non-essential businesses to close their doors? A group representing Massachusetts businesses and organizations argued before the state’s highest court Friday, saying the shutdown was an overreach.
“The governor’s taken control and he’s turned the government upside down. I mean at this point the legislature is left to approve or disapprove of the governor’s policy choices? That’s not how it’s supposed to work,” said Michael DeGrandis, an attorney for the New Civil Liberties Alliance.