Michigan lawmakers, governor agree to $465M in virus aid

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A few demonstrators can be seen in front of the Michigan Capitol Building in Lansing as the Electoral College meets to cast votes for President-elect Joe Biden. (Dec. 14, 2020)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have agreed to a $465 million pandemic spending plan, including relief payments to businesses and workers struggling to stay afloat because of the coronavirus.

The legislation received overwhelming Senate support late Friday and is expected to win House passage Monday.

Nearly half of the funding would be used to continue a maximum 26 weeks of unemployment benefits instead of 20 weeks.

The bill would provide $45 million in assistance to employees who’ve been laid off or seen their hours cut due to restrictions under a state health department order.

A worker could get up to $1,650.


LANSING, Mich. (WJMN) – The Senate passed a bill on December 18 to adjust and allocate funding for issues related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The bill allocates funding to support testing, aid to businesses and employees affected by shutdowns and underlying economic conditions and other items. It also includes $220 million towards an extension of unemployment benefits.

The full bill can be accessed on www.legislature.mi.gov. There is also a bill analysis available.

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