Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 1:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republicans who control the Michigan Legislature are proposing a $1.3 billion one-time funding boost to help K-12 schools reopen during the coronavirus pandemic. The plan unveiled Tuesday also calls for letting schools start before Labor Day without needing a waiver, redefining “attendance” to allow for online learning and reducing the number of snow day allowances so remote instruction occurs instead. The GOP proposal would increase state funding by $800 a student to implement robust distance-learning plans and to cover new health and safety measures. Teachers would each get a $500 bonus. Uncertainty remains on whether schools may still face cuts.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The state of Michigan says it will soon resolve unemployment claims for about 11,800 people who filed before May. The Unemployment Insurance Agency said Tuesday its goal is to clear that backlog that resulted from the coronavirus pandemic and make a determination by the end of next week. The agency will soon announce a target date to resolve claims filed in May or later. For those still awaiting a decision on their eligibility, the state will pay benefits, determine the claimant is ineligible and communicate why, or deem the person unreachable after multiple attempts to make contact.
DETROIT (AP) — A judge has taken a remarkable step by ordering the CEOs of General Motors and Fiat Chrysler to meet and settle a lawsuit. GM is suing Fiat Chrysler, saying it got a competitive edge when union leaders were showered with cash and other perks. GM says Fiat Chrysler won labor concessions during contract talks. Fiat Chrysler wants the lawsuit dismissed. Federal Judge Paul Borman says Mary Berra of GM and Mike Manley of Fiat Chrysler must meet in person by July 1. The judge describes the lawsuit as a “nuclear option” that would waste “time and resources” for years.
LANSING, Mich (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed three bills into law aimed at easing police interactions with those with autism. Starting in July 2021, people will be able to have a communications impediment designation associated with their driver’s license, state ID or chauffeur’s license that alerts law enforcement to a difficulty in communication so they can access how to proceed in a situation. The bills, signed Tuesday, had bipartisan support. Law enforcement will be able to see the designation in the Michigan Law Enforcement Information Network during traffic stops and can act accordingly.