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Five Things We’re Reading

Jul 27, 2021

Below are some of the articles that the MLC lobby team has been reading this past week. We hope you find them as interesting and useful as we do. The Way Out: How to Overcome Toxic Polarization – How can we move beyond the partisan divide that is continuing to deepen in our country? Office […]

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Last Week on the MLC Blog

Jul 26, 2021

The House voted to approve a citizen’s initiative repealing gubernatorial powers during a state of emergency. Governor Gretchen Whitmer kicked off the MI Small Business Summer tour. Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a House bill ending the extra $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits. The Muskegon Heights School District was released from receivership under the […]

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Legislature Removes Governor’s Emergency Powers

Jul 23, 2021

The House voted to approve a citizen’s initiative repealing gubernatorial powers during a state of emergency. The group behind repealing the Emergency Powers of the Governor Act collected enough valid signatures of Michigan voters to send the initiative to the legislature for consideration. Last week, the Senate voted along party lines to approve, sending it […]

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Whitmer Administration Launches Summer Tour

Jul 23, 2021

Governor Gretchen Whitmer kicked off the MI Small Business Summer tour this week. Throughout summer, the governor and members of her cabinet will visit and recognize small businesses that showed resiliency throughout the pandemic. The goal is to bring together small businesses, state and local policy makers, regional economic development leaders, and other stakeholders to […]

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Governor Vetoes Bill Ending Extra Unemployment Benefits

Jul 23, 2021

This week, Governor Gretchen Whitmer vetoed a House bill ending the extra $300 per week in federal unemployment benefits. The benefits are part of the federal assistance provided during the COVID-19 pandemic. The governor has stated she would be open to ending the additional benefit early, if the legislature raises Michigan’s current unemployment benefit to […]

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School District Released from State Oversight

Jul 23, 2021

The Muskegon Heights School District has been released from receivership under the Local Financial Stability and Choice Act and dissolved its Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB). Governor Gretchen Whitmer released the district following a recommendation to terminate the receivership from the Muskegon Heights School District RTAB. Effective immediately, the school district regained local control without […]

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Governor Signs Change to Unemployment Law

Jul 23, 2021

Workers laid off due to a manufacturing shutdown can continue to receive unemployment benefits without looking for a new job. Under current law, workers laid off more than 45 days are not eligible for a work search waiver. The change, signed into law by Governor Gretchen Whitmer, recognizes that in the manufacturing context, certain events […]

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Looking Ahead to the Week of July 24 – 30, 2021

Jul 23, 2021

The Senate has tentatively scheduled session for Tuesday, July 27, however, there likely won’t be any voting. The House does not have any scheduled session days during the week. The next stops on the Small Business Summit will take place on July 26 and 30, both hosted by Lt. Governor Garlin Gilchrist. For more details, […]

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