(WXYZ) – Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the Michigan legislature to pass several measures, including a $ 100 million COVID-19 relief bill.
The request came in a letter on Wednesday to Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich, Speaker Lee Chatfield and Christine Greig, Speaker of the House. The State House and Session will resume sittings on Tuesday, December 1st.
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It then follows that Whitmer has asked for more federal support to fight COVID-19 and also thanked Shirkey and Chatfield for urging further economic relief at his meeting with President Donald Trump last week.
“This is the most urgent public health emergency our state has faced in our lifetime and demands our full, immediate and unified attention,” Whitmer wrote. “I hope that when the legislature reconvenes next week, we can work together in two ways on the next priorities for the next few days in 2020 in order to address the public health and economic crises that our state is currently facing.”
In the letter, Whitmer set three goals: to approve the $ 100 million MI COVID-19 relief plan, to approve a permanent extension of unemployment benefits, and to pass a bill to protect public health. According to him, the state is eager to support the federal government.
“It is crucial that we come together now to come up with a targeted, state-based recovery plan of up to $ 100 million that will provide direct financial support to families and small businesses hardest hit by the pandemic,” he wrote. .
Whitmer said Michigan’s unemployment benefits are in the lower third of the nation and said the legislation, temporarily extended to 26 weeks, will expire at the end of the year.
“If we don’t take bipartisan action now, thousands of Michiganders could lose benefits right after the holidays,” he wrote. “Let’s work together again to make this extension final.”
Finally, it calls on the legislature to make public bills that require a mask and focus on spending money on testing, expanding personal protective equipment, and more. Currently, the state has a mask assignment under the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services Epidemiology Ordinance.
“While there is a real hope on the horizon that more vaccines will become available in the coming weeks and months, we are entering a very dark and deadly winter,” he wrote.
You can read the full letter below.
Letter to the quadrant20.2.25 by WXYZ-TV Channel 7 Detroit on Scribd
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