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The state’s response to the COVID-19 crisis is expected to be the central focus tonight of Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s third State of the State address.

The address will be delivered remotely because of the COVID-19 crisis, and it’s believed the first time in Michigan’s state and territorial history without the Legislature in attendance.

   The governor told M-Live that everything– including re-opening schools and businesses -- rests on taming the spread of COVID and getting people vaccinated

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Michigan Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson was part of a panel of election experts who testified today before a congressional subcommittee.

       They offered ideas on how to make voting easier this year amid the COVID-19 pandemic and civil unrest.

Benson appeared before the subcommittee with a number – 40 million dollars. She said that’s how much Michigan needs from Congress to help with new election expenses created by COVID-19. That includes paying for more mail-in ballots and making sure election sites are healthy and safe.