posted on Mar, 15 2020 @ 01:00 PM
Please help me understand. How much power do governors of states actually have? Our governor just closed all public schools and banned "events" such
as major league sports, etc. I can understand how he can control the schools. Most public school funding is funneled through the state and a large
state bureaucracy governs the running of the schools, even though the local school boards also have a lot of say in how school districts are run. The
governor is head of the large state bureaucracy, so if he wants to fire the head of Fisheries and Game, I guess he can do it. Same is true for any
other state agency. If you get your paycheck from the state, you ultimately work for the governor.
But he has no control over local district libraries, for example, because there is no line of authority between his office and the local library
boards. He has no say in what NGOs do because by and large NGOs do not report to or get funding from the state itself. And most importantly, he has no
authority over individual citizens save that citizens must obey laws that are on the books. So if you commit a crime you may wind up in the state
court system which can convict and incarcerate you.
But by what authority can the governor tell an individual what to do and how to run their lives? How can the governor "quarantine" people or
businesses? How can "authorities" demand you leave your home because of some exaggeration? Yes, it might be a smart thing for you to do if a volcano
eruption is bearing down on you, but what if it's the threat of a virus that might be around and might not and even if it is, is "lethal" for a small
minority of people who catch it (like 1%, not 3.4%.)
Now if the governor wants to get up at his bully pulpit in a suit and tie, look all pretty and try to persuade people to do his bidding, I can
understand that. It's just that I do not accept his authority in telling me what to do. What is it like in your state? How much power does a governor
actually have? Just curious.
edit on 3/15/2020 by schuyler because: (no reason given)