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Governor Whitmer writes letter requesting state to divest pension plans from Russia

Posted at 5:18 PM, Mar 01, 2022
and last updated 2022-03-01 17:18:23-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has sent a letter requesting the State of Michigan Investment Board to divest pension plans from Russia.

The governor’s office also says the letter asks the State Treasurer to also divest trust funds where Whitmer is listed as the fiduciary.

The governor’s full letter to Treasurer Rachael Eubanks reads:

"Dear Treasurer Eubanks:

I am writing to call on the State of Michigan Investment Board to hold a special meeting to divest the State of Michigan Retirement Systems pension plans from any investments in institutions or companies headquartered in Russia or that have their principal place of business in Russia. Additionally, I am calling on you, as the State Treasurer and fiduciary over various State trust funds, to do the same.

Last week, the world watched with horror as President Vladimir Putin launched an illegal and destructive war against the people of Ukraine. These heinous attacks are aimed at overthrowing Ukraine’s democratic government and violate international law. Since then, the federal government and our international allies and partners have announced significant sanctions targeting Russian financial institutions, state-owned enterprises, and other government-related activities. Michigan supports these national and international sanctions and should align our state-level actions. 

As the situation in Ukraine progresses, I will continue to stay in touch with top leaders in the federal government on behalf of Michiganders. Michiganders may feel concerned about the impacts this situation will have on Michigan’s economy. For that reason, I will continue to monitor any potential disruptions to our supply chains and prices to protect Michiganders’ pocketbooks and put Michiganders first.


Gretchen E. Whitmer
Governor of Michigan"

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