Gov. Whitmer Announces Broad Plan for Federal Relief Money

The state of Michigan is set to receive more than $18 billion in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan Act.

Monday in a press call, Governor Gretchen Whitmer laid out how she and the executive branch want to allocate that money.

In an attempt to have open negotiations with the Republicans in the legislature, Gov. Whitmer wants to instead focus on broad210412 Z Gs745 1471 Original ideas to spend the money than direct allocation. Her plan makes sure the money is spent on jobs, infrastructure, health care access and education. She says this will have the impact of the one time funding lasting well into the future.

“The funds could be spent and should be spent in a sustainable way without creating budget challenges in the future,” said Whitmer, “All the policies we pursue should center on equity and responding to the economic and health issues created, and exacerbated by COVID. Leverage local and public dollars to have a widespread impact.”

The State Budget Director David Massaron said there is still about $2 billion left from previous stimulus packages that has been unspent. This comes after Whitmer vetoed bills that tied the money to her giving up state control.

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