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Karoub Report – March 2020 COVID-19 Response

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 20, 2020

Coronavirus (COVID-19) response has been a major part of legislative action in March. Before recessing until March 25 and scaling back session days to just one day per week through mid-April, the Legislature approved $125 million additional General Fund dollars for coronavirus response with $50 million specifically set aside to expand health care capacity; COVID-19 response has had crippling effects on all of Michigan as well as the entire country as local government, schools, businesses and the public take action to reduce the outbreak. Some of the latest actions taken by Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the effort to curb the spread of COVID-19 include: Healthcare workers, police, sanitation workers, correctional officers, postal workers and other key governmental employees will be able to drop their kids off at emergency, unlicensed day care operations from now until April 15. Employers and schools will be allowed to maintain a disaster relief child care center without a state license for those people working that is defined as “essential” jobs; In other action this month, Gov. Whitmer temporarily lifted weight and other delivery-related restrictions for vehicles carrying essential supplies to mitigate the spread of the virus and is extended until April 13 at 11:59 p.m. She requested the U.S. Small Business Association to issue an Economic Injury Disaster declaration for the state and is in talks with Michigan companies about producing medical and other items needed for the coronavirus pandemic. The entire U.S.-Canada border will be closed to non-essential traffic as will the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel. Some Amtrak routes affecting Michigan are also being modified due to low travel; To fix and maintain Michigan roads, House Republicans have put a six-bill package of legislation (HBs 5582 through 5588) that would eliminate the sales tax on gasoline and replace it with an equivalent, revenue-neutral tax on fuel designed to collect roughly $855 million dedicated solely to local roads.

For more on COVID-19 government response and other legislative issues, please click on the March 2020 Karoub Report below.

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