Here is the latest Michigan news from The Associated Press at 8:40 a.m. EDT
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — An agreement to address a $3.2 billion shortfall in Michigan’s 2020 budget has been announced by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and legislative leaders to respond to deep budget shortfalls brought on by the pandemic crisis. Whitmer, Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey and House Speaker Lee Chatfield said in a joint statement Monday night that he agreement includes reductions in funding. It also provides federal COVID-19 relief funding for schools, universities, community colleges and local governments, businesses and workers. They said would work together to address shortfalls in next year’s budget and asked for congressional help in the next budget. The current budget year ends Sept. 30. The agreement still requires approval by the full Legislature.
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling for an end to the use of police chokeholds and limiting no-knock warrants. The Democrat announced her plans for police reforms on Monday. The recommendations come as states have been looking at ways to prevent racial bias and address police brutality in the wake of George Floyd’s death. Whitmer’s plan also includes classifying racially-motivated 911 calls that harass individuals a hate crime. Whitmer says her recommendations will “ensure that law enforcement officials treat all Michiganders with humanity and respect.”
DETROIT (AP) — The U.S. has resumed swearing in new citizens, but the traditional oath ceremonies aren’t the same because of COVID-19. Thousands of people are participating in drive-up ceremonies intended to preserve social distancing. Now a budget crisis at the citizenship agency is threatening to stall ceremonies again. U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services has warned that it might be forced to place nearly three-quarters of its workforce on furlough next month, severely curtailing operations. Tens of thousands of people could be left waiting to becoming citizens — and potentially new voters ahead of November’s elections.
DETROIT (AP) — A demonstration in Detroit against police brutality and racial injustice became violent as two police vehicles were damaged amid demands that authorities investigate the actions of officers. Police Chief James Craig told reporters Monday that no injuries have been reported from the protest Sunday night on the city’s southwest side. Craig showed dashcam recordings from the two vehicles. Footage from one showed a group of protesters converging in front of one police vehicle and at least two protesters jumping on its hood. Protest organizer Gabriela Alcazar told the Detroit Free Press that she thinks the officers were the aggressors.