Covid Relief Aid

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday again vetoed about $652 million in proposed COVID-19 relief spending after the Michigan Legislature passed it without negotiating with her administration.

Majority Republicans reapproved the funding following the Democratic governor’s first veto weeks ago during a fight over an attempt to link federal funds to her agreeing to cede certain pandemic powers solely to local health departments.

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Starting Monday, hundreds of Michigan school districts had to offer at least 20 hours a week of in-person instruction to receive all of a minimum $450-per-student increase in emergency pandemic funding.

The provision affects 206, or 38%, of the state’s 537 traditional K-12 districts — those with higher numbers or percentages of children from middle-class and wealthy families.

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Committee to Protect Medicare

Michigan doctors representing the Committee to Protect Medicare are calling on Republican state lawmakers to work with Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer releasing federal COVID relief funding.

Three Michigan physicians from the Committee to Protect Medicare appeared via Zoom Tuesday.

“We’re raising our voices now because Republicans are doubling down on their game of chicken and putting public health at risk.”

Dr. Farhan Bhattie is Michigan State Lead of the Committee to protect Medicare.

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Republicans who control Michigan’s Senate on Tuesday proposed $2 billion in COVID-19 relief aid, including $500 million in state funding to help businesses hurting due to the pandemic.

The plan would spend less than what was outlined by Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer — $5.6 billion — and the GOP-led House, which voted last week to spend nearly $3.6 billion. The Legislature and governor must agree before disbursing billions in federal relief enacted by Congress and then-President Donald Trump in late December.