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COVID-19 Funding Headed to the Governor

Mar 05, 2021

This week the Senate passed two House bills appropriating approximately $4.25 billion of funding to aid the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic. While Governor Gretchen Whitmer called on the legislature to appropriate all federal funding the state has received, this package only utilizes a portion of the federal funds available. There are a few […]

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Expanded Access to Vaccine Announced

Mar 05, 2021

Beginning Monday, Michigan residents over the age of 50, with medical conditions and disabilities and caregivers of children with special health care needs, will be eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. The change comes after President Joe Biden announced that ramped-up production will provide enough doses for 300 million Americans by the end of May. Thus […]

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Election Audits Complete

Mar 05, 2021

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced that all of the state’s more than 250 election audits of the November 2020 general election are complete, confirming the accuracy of the election. More than 1,300 Republican, Democratic, and nonpartisan clerks, as well as the Bureau of Elections, participated in the audits. In addition to the audits of […]

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Legislation Introduced Aimed at Increasing Transparency

Mar 05, 2021

This week, a bipartisan plan was introduced that would place the legislature and executive office under open records laws. Specifically, it would create the Legislative Open Records Act, which is similar to FOIA laws, and would make certain documents and communications within legislative offices subject to FOIA requests. The governor and lieutenant governor would be […]

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Foreign Direct Investment Grows in Michigan

Mar 05, 2021

Michigan has been ranked first for fastest foreign direct investment (FDI) job growth over the past five years, according to Global Business Alliance’s most recent national trends analysis. Michigan was also ranked as third for the largest concentration of FDI manufacturing jobs, seventh for most overall FDI jobs, and tied for third for the largest […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of March 6 – 12, 2021

Mar 05, 2021

The House and Senate are scheduled to hold their typical Tuesday – Thursday session schedule.

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Five Things We’re Reading

Mar 02, 2021

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. Thought-Detection: AI Has Infiltrated Our Lat Bastion of Privacy – Newer technology is taking hold of one of the last places that we held private: our […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Mar 01, 2021

The Senate passed nearly $2 billion in supplemental funding to aid in the state’s response to the ongoing pandemic. Members of the House Democratic and Republican Caucuses introduced legislation aiming to improve the quality of health care, while making it more affordable and accessible. The House and Senate Democratic members unveiled the Hardworking Michiganders Recovery […]

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