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$1.1 billion budget bill 1st new law of 2023

Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed the first public act of the new year today a one-point-one billion dollar spending bill that includes money for housing and assistance for businesses that lost money due to COVID-19

“The spending bill taps into federal COVID relief funds that will be used to help businesses, develop downtowns and offer aid to create affordable housing. Also, a water shutoff prevention fund, and a massive 200 million dollar investment to help upgrade a paper mill in Escanaba in the Upper Peninsula.”

The new budget law also includes money to help workers with transportation and childcare costs and to encourage apprenticeship programs.

The Democratic governor was joined by the Legislature’s new Democratic leadership for the bill signing. Her office says this is the earliest a first bill has been adopted by the Legislature and signed by a governor since 1947.

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