Michigan Legislature Approves $880 Million in Pandemic Spending
The Michigan Legislature approved an $880 million plan to use federal dollars to help respond to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The money comes from the $3 billion in federal funding awarded to the state.
It includes $220 million in pay raises for healthcare workers and first responders, $200 million to reimburse local governments for virus-related spending, $125 million to reduce childcare costs and $100 million for small businesses and nonprofits.
The governor says she supports the bill, saying the direct relief is needed for families, work protections and small businesses.
It now goes to the governor, who is expected to sign it.
We’ve also learned the governor has signed an executive order that extends safety protections for grocery store employees and customers. This includes mask requirements for all who are medically able, dedicated shopping hours for those who are vulnerable to COVID-19, and businesses informing staff if a worker tests positive.