Michigan Senate passes $465 million COVID-19 relief bill

Senate voted 35-2; set to go to House on Dec. 21

Michigan Senate passes $465 million COVID-19 relief bill.

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Senate passed a $465 million COVID-19 relief bill during session Friday night.

The Senate voted 35-2 to approve Senate Bill 748.

Some of the money distribution includes:

  • $220 million for unemployment
  • $48 million for COVID vaccine distribution and testing
  • $45 million in grants for workers laid off or furloughed in business impacted by restrictions
  • $55 million in small business survival grants

The bill is set to go to the Michigan House on Monday.

UPDATE: Michigan House approves $483 million COVID relief bill

READ: Michigan revises COVID-19 order to reopen high schools, some entertainment venues

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Gov. Whitmer slams vaccine distribution, plans high school to return to in-person learning

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the state is revising its COVID-19 order to resume in-person high school classes, reopen certain indoor entertainment venues and allow non-contact outdoor sports and fitness classes.

Whitmer has held about 80 of these press conferences since the coronavirus pandemic began, but Friday’s was first she was visibly frustrated. After her friend Wayne County sheriff Benny Napoleon died from COVID-19, Whitmer said when it comes the vaccine distribution is bottlenecked due to Washington.

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