Yes you heard that right. Covid-19 relief money has shown up in Michigan and The House wants to give you $1000, if you are unemployed and find a job. The Michigan Legislature says “return to work” grants would take care of about 400,000 Michiganders.
They are included in supplemental budget bills that either took a step forward in the Republican-led House Appropriations Committee or advanced to the House floor, but are a ways off from being enacted because there is no deal with Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. All but $1 billion in funding would come from federal coronavirus packages that were approved in March and December.
A chunk of what is Included in this proposal is 25 million dollars, which is to encourage state employees to resign their positions and receive up to six weeks pay. They are also considering paying out 600 million to the Flint Water crisis settlement, as opposed to financing it, which is a less expensive option in the long run.
K-12 schools, local governments, child care, food and rental assistance, coronavirus testing and vaccine distribution will all be covered by this non-discretionary federal funding. Bottom line is, the state of Michigan has a lot of flexibility with billions of dollars. Let’s hope they do the right thing and get these funds in the system helping people in Michigan return their life to some kind of normal. Every little bit helps.
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