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Governor Outlines Federal Funding Priorities

Apr 16, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced her funding priorities as the state readies for more than $18 billion in federal funding available through the American Rescue Plan Act. Of that funding, state government is expected to receive $5.7 billion, local governments are set to receive $4.4 billion, and $3.9 billion will be directed to K-12 schools. The […]

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Governor Asks Residents to Avoid Indoor Dining and Youth Sports

Apr 09, 2021

Given the massive rise in case numbers, positivity rates, and hospitalizations, at a press conference today Governor Gretchen Whitmer called on Michigan residents to take steps to help slow the spread of COVID-19. Experts are tying the rising cases to a lack of compliance by residents and an increase in variants. She also stated Michigan […]

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Legislature Sends Vetoed Spending to Governor

Mar 19, 2021

This week, the House and Senate approved of legislation appropriating COVID-19 of relief funding. The bills contain reallocated funding that was vetoed by Governor Gretchen Whitmer last week. Funding within the bills include: $300 million in grants to offset property tax payments for affected homeowners and businesses. $150 million for the Unemployment Trust Fund. $55 […]

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Testing Requirements in Youth Sports Updated, Outdoor Stadium Capacity Expands

Mar 19, 2021

The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) updated their Gatherings and Mask epidemic order, allowing up to 20% capacity in outdoor stadiums and arenas that establish infection control plans. The changes take effect March 22 and remain in effect through April 19. Specifically, outdoor stadiums and arenas can increase capacity if the site: Establishes […]

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Senators’ Request for Investigation into Governor Declined

Mar 19, 2021

Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a request by Senator Jim Runestad (R-White Lake), and signed by additional state senators, to open an investigation into Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s handling of COVID-19 patients in Michigan nursing homes. On February 23, the senators signed a letter raising concerns regarding the governor’s COVID-19 processes and policies for nursing […]

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Senate Republicans Introduce Education Recovery Plan

Mar 19, 2021

On Thursday, members of the Senate Republican Caucus introduced a plan to help the state’s K-12 education system recover from a year of academic losses brought on by COVID-19. The plan seeks to provide tools and resources to help parents, teachers, and administrators get students back on track and implements changes to the state’s educational […]

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Governor Signs COVID Relief Funding, Vetoes Certain Items

Mar 12, 2021

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed legislation appropriating Federal funds to help in the state’s response to the pandemic. This includes, a $2.25/hour wage increase for direct care workers, $283 million in emergency rental assistance, up to $110 million for vaccine administration, and up to $555 million for testing and tracing. However, the governor also […]

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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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