LANSING, Mich., March 9, 2021 — The Michigan House approved supplemental appropriation bills last week that left $2 billion of federal COVID-19 recovery dollars in Washington, D.C. In response, the Detroit Caucus Executive Committee issued the following statement:

“Our schools need this funding to update their HVAC and ventilation systems, purchase PPE  and other supplies like laptops for staff and students. Moreover, they can’t even begin to start their planning process until they know how much funding and support they are going to receive from the state.  Their budgets for the next school year are due June 30. We need to end the delay tactics and political games and get our schools the funding they need — now.   Leaving Michigan taxpayer dollars to just sit in Washington D.C. waiting for another state to swoop in and spend them is unconscionable.”