LANSING, Mich. – Michigan has billions of dollars in federal COVID relief to spend.
The GOP Legislature has made a series of bills spending it, but a large piece of that $4.2 billion comes with strings attached.
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$2 billion goes to education, which means an additional $450 per student, as well as millions more for summer school and student health. About $840 million is tied to moving the power from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services to local health departments when making decisions when it comes to in-person education and high school sports.
Another $2.3 billion would give millions in aid to businesses, renters, hazard pay for care workers and more, but it ties $347 million for COVID testing to limiting the amount of time the health department restrictions can stay in place to 28 days.