"The coronavirus created an impossible situation, and many leaders did the best they can. But the simple truth is the state government’s uneven, inconsistent and often-politicized approach to this virus created hardship for far too many Michigan residents,” said House Speaker Lee Chatfield (R-Levering). “This is an important vote and an important spending plan to help families, but it is only a temporary solution. Moving forward, state government must provide better answers."
The supplemental spending bill includes:
-$220 million to the state's unemployment fund to continue unemployment benefits for a maximum of 26 weeks as opposed to 20 weeks.
- A $45 million program that will give workers left unemployed through the last round government-mandated shutdowns a $1,650 check from the state Treasury.
- $63.5 million in "survival grants for small businesses forced to shut down due to the COVID-19 restrictions.
- $115.3 million to address nursing shortages, including an extension of the pay increase for direct care workers
- $79.1 million to expand virus testing and vaccine distribution, including money to revamp up testing of teachers.
- $10 million for hospitals to hire temporary staff. Hospitals are also getting $3.3 million to house COVID-positive nursing home residents.
The bill passed 97-5 and will now go to the Governor for her signature.