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Legislature Passes Supplemental Funding

Feb 11, 2022

The House and Senate finalized a plan this week appropriating $1.2 billion in federal funding. The proposal seeks to provide funding to aid Michigan’s response to the ongoing pandemic, including critical needs such as testing and filling the growing need for healthcare workers.

The COVID relief dollars would be spent in the following manner:

    • $367.3 million to increase lab capacity to implement and oversee expanded COVID-19 testing, contact tracing, and other monitoring activities
    • $300 million for recruitment, retention, and training grants to help health care facilities address staffing issues
    • $150.8 million to support screening and testing activities to facilitate the reopening and safe operations of schools
    • $100 million for early COVID-19 therapeutic treatments
    • $39 million to make nursing homes safer by converting multi-resident rooms into single rooms and improving air quality

The bill will be sent to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her consideration. In a statement following the bill passage, she stated “this supplemental is a testament to what’s possible when Republicans and Democrats work together to put Michiganders first. After reviewing, I look forward to signing it and getting these resources out the door.”

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