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Karoub Report – March 2021

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: March 25, 2021

As a result of passage of the $1.9 trillion Federal relief bill, Michigan lawmakers are debating spending scenarios for COVID-19 Federal aid. Michigan is due to receive: $10.3 billion for state and local governments; $3.5 billion to help schools reopen safely or address lost learning; $34 million for the Head Start program; and 1.3 million Michiganders now receiving food benefits under the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will continue to receive an additional $27; Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed into law supplemental spending for vaccine distribution, COVID-19 testing, a $2.25-an-hour direct care worker pay increase, emergency rental assistance and money for Title 1 schools, but vetoed a legislative property tax relief program, state dollars for the state’s unemployment fund, payments to non-public schools and any relief to state liquor and license fees; With a Republican request to investigate the Governor’s nursing home policies having been turned down by Attorney General Dana Nessel, some Republicans are considering appointing a special prosecutor; The Michigan House of Representatives introduced a sweeping bipartisan 15-bill package of legislation aimed to increase access to health care and reduce costs for patients, according to House Speaker Jason Wentworth (R-Farwell); Under House-passed election reform legislation (HBs 4127 and 4128), electors who have “placeholder birthdates” on the Qualified Voter File (QVF) or have not voted in the last 20 years would receive a mailing from the Secretary of State asking them to verify they are still eligible to vote; the state tax deadline has been extended to May 17; House Democrats are seeking stiff penalties for some employers, such as those who are delinquent on their unemployment insurance taxes due to fraud. The six-bill package of legislation is part of House Democrats “Hardworking Michiganders Recovery Plan.”

For more information on these and other legislative issues, click on the March 2021 Karoub Report below.

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