2/17/21 – Competing Plans Frustrating Governor

Governor Whitmer is chastising Republicans for failing to support her plan to spend federal dollars. 

The Governor says it has been almost three weeks since she introduced her Covid-19 Recovery PlanIt would allocate the five billion dollars already set aside for Michigan and inject the cash into vaccine distribution, testing, schools, and economic assistance including money for businesses and unemployment. 

“This is crucial support that we need to deploy at the earliest possible momentRight now, we’re leaving that five billion dollars just sittin’ on the table.”  Whitmer says. 

She says other states are already deploying those dollars and Michigan needs to as well.   The federal dollars were approved by a bi-partisan vote during the Trump administration.

Whitmer’s plans include:

575 million dollars for expansion of Covid-19 testing, tracing, and lab capacity.

90 million for vaccine distribution, including mobile units to travel to rural areas, disabled or homebound in the state.

252 million in small business support

Additional dollars for unemployment, rental assistance, and food support.

The Governor has argued that the longer the state waits to deploy those dollars, the longer we’ll have to wait if another round of funding is made availableShe also argues, and agrees with Republicans, that there are other programs that could also benefit from the moneyPrograms that are not included right now with any of the three competing bills in Lansing. 

Senate Republicans have come up with a smaller sized spending plan while House Republicans introduced their 3.5-billion-dollar plan earlier this month.