LANSING, Mich., March 18, 2020 — Following more than 12 hours of deliberations yesterday, the Michigan House and Senate unanimously approved approximately $125 million in emergency coronavirus relief for Michigan residents. House Bill 4279 allocates $40 million for public health emergency response such as monitoring and testing, $50 million to support hospitals, nursing homes, and other critical health care facilities, and $35 million for other response activities. This is in addition to $25 million in emergency funding the Legislature approved last week, bringing the total to $150 million.

“While I was pleased to see additional resources allocated, we still have work to do to support all those who are suffering economically,” said state Rep. Sheryl Kennedy (D-Davison). “We need to guarantee pay for our dedicated teachers and school employees affected by these closures while we work to lift the school days and hours requirement. This has been an extremely difficult week, but I remain hopeful that we will persevere and provide Michiganders with the relief they need.”

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