Michigan Senate approves up to $25M to fight coronavirus

Mar 12, 2020

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The Michigan Senate has approved spending up to $25 million to combat the new coronavirus, and some K-12 schools are announcing temporary closures to train staff in case districts end face-to-face instruction and move to online learning. The supplemental budget approved Thursday bill will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer once the House concurs with changes. The measure will allocate $10 million to state agencies for preparedness and response to COVID-19. The funding may cover monitoring, lab testing, contact tracing and infection control. An additional $15 million will be set aside in a new coronavirus response fund for use later.