LANSING, Mich. – Govt. Gretchen whitmer revealed a massive plan to help revive Michigan’s economy and ultimately end the COVID-19 pandemic.
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The plan was divided into 11 parts in the official state statement. You can see them all below.
Whitmer’s plan is to use $ 90 million in federal funding to vaccine distribution in the state. Currently, the goal is to administer 50,000 vaccines per day.
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Statewide health departments would also receive money to pay for the personnel and equipment needed to administer the vaccines.
Michigan will receive $ 575 million to expand COVID-19 testing, tracing and laboratory capacity, Whitmer said.
Whitmer once again calls on lawmakers to permanently extend unemployment benefits from 20 to 26 weeks. She did this regularly during her weekly COVID-19 briefings.
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“This would bring Michigan in line with 40 other states and provide hard-hit Michigan workers the financial security and peace of mind they need and deserve,” Whitmer said in a statement.
Support for small businesses
The plan includes $ 225 million for three new programs from the Michigan Economic Development Corporation.
Michigan Main Street Initiative: Designed to stabilize the small business community by securing grants for restaurants and other local businesses.
Michigan Microenterprise Support Initiative: Will give small businesses with fewer than nine employees better access to support.
Business accelerator and resilience initiative: Provides grants to high tech startups that can help the community thrive.
Whitmer calls on the legislature to adopt Good Jobs for Michigan. She said it would help the state grow its businesses and create jobs.
Good Jobs for Michigan was created to help businesses create jobs and prosper.
Whitmer cited Pfizer as an example of a company that used Good Jobs for Michigan. She said Pfizer had built its sterile drug manufacturing plant and created 450 jobs in Portage, from where the first doses of the COVID-19 vaccine were eventually shipped.
Whitmer said his plan would bring more support to families who need help getting food on the table during the pandemic.
âOn behalf of Michigan families, seniors and children facing the toxic stress of food insecurity, the Food Bank Council of Michigan welcomes the relief provided by current federal legislation,â said Dr. Phillip Knight, Director Executive of the Food Bank Council of Michigan. . âIt’s fair, moral and more than necessary. The pandemic has skyrocketed demand for food by 50%, a staggering statistic that places a huge demand on our regional food banks. “
No further details on this part of the plan, such as the amount of support that will be spent on food aid, have yet been released.
The federal emergency rent assistance program will help people who cannot afford their rent and utilities due to the pandemic.
Whitmer said his plan would allocate this federal funding to help more Michiganders stay at home.
Rural Development Office
Whitmer is in the process of establishing a Rural Development Office, tasked with addressing issues facing rural communities, including broadband, talent, infrastructure and more.
Its plan will also include grants to provide infrastructure and capacity support in rural communities and support for land-based industries, according to the state.
Property tax assistance
The governor plans to waive penalties and interest for some homeowners who failed to pay their summer 2020 property taxes on time due to the economic hardship created by the pandemic.
Whitmer said his plan provides targeted employment and training services through the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunities.
Unemployed and underemployed Michigan residents receive the training and resources they need to find gainful employment, she said.
The program will give priority to residents of underserved communities or those in economic difficulty. The objective is to give them the necessary skills to enter into registered apprenticeships in the energy sector.
That, in turn, will help boost Michigan’s energy transition, according to the state.
Futures for frontliners
The plan includes a pilot project providing global support to up to 400 single parents who participate in the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs, Whitmer said.
According to Whitmer, attendees will benefit from on-campus child care, intensive one-on-one counseling, educational supports including tutoring, career counseling, and transition assistance to a four-year school.
The MI COVID stimulus plan will allocate nearly $ 1.7 billion in federal funding, along with an additional $ 300 million in state funds, to try to ensure that all schools can offer in-person learning. ‘by March 1.
Whitmer said the funding will help address the learning loss caused by the pandemic.
These one-time, flexible dollars will be distributed according to a formula that recognizes the additional costs associated with supporting students in poverty and students with special needs, Whitmer revealed.
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