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The Michigan Senate is working late on a Friday to wrap up its work for the year

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The Michigan Senate is working late on a Friday to wrap up its work for the year. But prospects appear bleak for a state-level COVID-19 relief bill. Republican Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey is pushing for a further re-opening of the economy and lifting public health orders. Governor Gretchen Whitmer credits those orders with slowing the spread of the coronavirus to the point that high schools and universities can re-open for in-person classes.

The governor has asked for an extension of unemployment benefits and funding to distribute vaccines and PPE.  

Whatever the Senate approves would still have to be ratified by the House when it returns Monday.