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Michigan legislature approves $465 million in COVID-19 relief bill

Posted by: jgomori Posted date: December 22, 2020


The Michigan Legislature passed a $465 million COVID-19 relief package supporting and exceeding Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposed $100 million relief bill.

“I proposed this stimulus plan to the legislature in November because I know how much our families, frontline workers, and small businesses need relief as we head into the winter,” Whitmer stated in a press release.

As Whitmer considers signing the bill, there are specific line items she supported. They include:

  • $55 million to help small businesses impacted by COVID-19. Grants of up to $20,000 would be available to small businesses across the state.
  • $45 million in direct payments to workers who have been laid off or furloughed due to COVID-19, with a focus on restaurant and hospitality workers.
  • $3.5 million for grants of up to $40,000 each for live music and entertainment venues.

“This bipartisan relief bill will provide families and businesses the support they need to stay afloat as we continue working to distribute the safe and effective vaccine and eradicate COVID-19 once and for all,” Whitmer said.

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