Willow Run Airport awarded more than $15 million in federal funding for upgrades
Senators Debbie Stabenow (MI), Gary Peters (MI) announced on Tuesday that Willow Run Airport will receive $15,275,685 from the Department of Transportation. The airport will use the Federal Aviation Administration grant to improve its existing runways. “I’m pleased to announce this federal grant, which will help improve Willow Run’s daily operations.”“Investing in Willow Run Airport will support economic development in the region,” Senator Stabenow said in a release. “Willow Run Airport is a critical gateway for our local economy in Ypsilanti and Washtenaw, as well as throughout the entire tri-county area,” Congresswoman Dingell said in a release. “With more than $15 million in federal funds, Willow Run can make critical improvements to their runway that will keep pilots and passengers safe, while increasing cargo capability arriving at and departing from the airport.
Michigan has administered more than 1 million vaccines, governor says
The governor stated the plan will appropriate $90 million in federal funding to ramp up vaccine distribution in Michigan and bring the state closer to her goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the State of Michigan has administered more than 1 million COVID-19 vaccines, making it 7th in the country in vaccine distribution. The governor called on the Michigan Legislature to pass the MI COVID Relief Plan she announced last week. “Michigan is ramping up vaccine distribution and doing everything we can to reach our goal of 50,000 shots in arms per day. Michigan will also receive $575 million to expand COVID testing, tracing, and lab capacity in Michigan,” a release from the governor’s office read in part.
New deal maintains Michigan budget for now; big concerns for next year
LANSING, Mich. – Billions of dollars from the federal government have helped keep Michigan afloat amid financial hardships caused by the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. With the federal government’s help, two of the major traditional budget concerns in Michigan -- K-12 schools and local revenue sharing -- will not take any cuts. House Appropriations Chairman Shane Hernandez tells Local 4 News that the federal government bought Michigan some time. “They bought us time to understand COVID, understand how we deal with it and open our businesses and schools," Hernandez said. Hernandez believes that Michigan businesses cannot afford to operate under such heavy restrictions much longer.
Detroit’s Census push moves into city’s barber shops, salons
DETROIT – “Direction Salon is the one stop beauty shop, where you can come and get anything from color, cuts, facial waxing,” said Nicole Williams with Direction Salon. And now, a chance to fill out your 2020 Census form if you haven’t already. RELATED: Detroit to lose $18k in funding for each person who doesn’t fill out 2020 US CensusNicole Williams is a stylist with Direction Salon on Grand River Avenue in Downtown. She said the hair shop is participating in the local Census 2020 Campaign, reminding people to fill out the form. The current deadline to respond to the 2020 Census is September 30.
Michigan UIA releases guidance on when to expect bonus $300 unemployment benefit
More than 900,000 Michigan workers who are collecting unemployment benefits are expected to begin receiving a $300 weekly bump in payments this month. The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) has started processing payments for Lost Wages Assistance (LWA) for eligible Michiganders. Due to the large volume of payments to be processed, workers will begin receiving LWA payments over the next week to ten days. Also, all unemployed workers receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) have already completed this step. States were initially granted three weeks of LWA benefits and must apply for additional weeks.
Deadline for 2020 Census approaching: Here’s everything Michiganders should know
If you haven’t yet responded to this year’s census, you can:respond to the 2020 Census online here,respond to the 2020 Census by phone by calling 844-330-2020, orby mail by filling out the questionnaire that was mailed to your household. Click here for more current census response data..2020 Census response rate in MichiganThe national 2020 Census response rate is currently 65.3%. Mackinac, Oscoda, Keweenaw and Lake counties have response rates of 33% and below -- the lowest response rates in the state. Here are a few notable rankings:#4 - Huntington Woods , 93.3% census response rate#22 - Pleasant Ridge , 90.9% census response rate#41 - East Grand Rapids , 89.9% census response rate#48 - Beverly Hills , 89.5% census response rate#60 - Lathrup Village , 89.1% census response rate#66 - Berkley , 88.9% census response rate#102 - Grosse Pointe Woods , 87.7% census response rate#146 - Grosse Pointe Farms, 87% census response rate2020 Census response rate in Wayne County, DetroitThough among the region of higher census response rates, Wayne County has maintained a low census response rate this year -- a problem the county has faced before. Read: Abrupt census deadline may cost Michigan $300 million in federal funding, Congressional seatsThe U.S. Census Bureau earlier this year asked Congress to push the census response deadline from July to the end of October.
FEMA approves Michigan for additional $300 in weekly unemployment payments
Michigan submitted an application for federal funding that would provide an additional $300 per week to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) submitted an application to the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for funding on Tuesday, according to a release. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25% matching funds required for participation. The additional benefits will be added automatically for all claimants who are eligible to receive at least $100 in weekly unemployment benefit payments. This includes claimants receiving any type of regular unemployment insurance benefits as well as those receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA) benefits.
Michigan applies for additional $300 in weekly unemployment payments
Michigan has submitted an application for federal funding that would provide an additional $300 per week to Michiganders receiving unemployment benefits. UPDATE: FEMA approves Michigan for additional $300 in weekly unemployment paymentsThe additional $600 payments included in the first federal relief bill ended on July 31. The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) submitted an application to the United States Federal Emergency Management Administration (FEMA) for funding on Tuesday, according to a release. The UIA estimates that under the program, about 910,000 Michiganders would receive at least $300 per week in supplemental benefits. The program allows for existing Unemployment Trust Fund payments delivered by Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency to count as 25% matching funds required for participation.
Coronavirus aid talks collapse; no help expected for jobless Americans now
He urged the White House to “negotiate with Democrats and meet us in the middle. It means longer and perhaps permanent expiration of a $600 per-week bonus pandemic jobless benefit that’s kept millions of people from falling into poverty. “We'll go down $1 trillion, you go up $1 trillion,” Pelosi said. Republicans say their starting offer was about $1 trillion but have offered some concessions on jobless benefits and aid to states, among others, that have brought the White House offer higher. Mnuchin said renewal of a $600 per-week pandemic jobless boost and huge demands by Democrats for aid to state and local governments are the key areas where they are stuck.
Michigan Congressman announces nearly $2 million in funding for local health centers amid coronavirus pandemic
JACKSON, Mich. – Michigan Congressman Tim Walberg announced nearly $2 million in federal grants for two health centers in Michigan’s 7th district on Wednesday. To aid their response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the Center for Family Health in Jackson County will receive $1,039,385 and the Family Medical Center of Michigan in Lenawee and Monroe Counties will receive $839,300 among them, officials said. Related: Coronavirus in Michigan: Here’s where we stand today“The Coronavirus has placed an enormous strain on every facet of our health care system,” said Walberg. “Community health centers are on the front lines of providing patient-centered care, especially during a public health emergency. This additional funding comes at a critical time, and I will continue my efforts to ensure Michigan’s health care workers and providers have the necessary resources to combat the Coronavirus.”The federal grants were authorized by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act, officials said.