"It's crucial for us to come together now to pass a targeted, state-based economic stimulus plan of up to $100 million that will provide direct financial support to the families and small businesses that have been hit hardest by this pandemic."
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is calling on the Michigan Legislature to pass an economic stimulus plan of up to $100 million, arguing the state can't wait for the federal government to act.
"If we don't take this bipartisan action now, thousands of Michiganders who are unemployed could lose benefits right after the holiday," Whitmer said during a news conference Tuesday. "Let's work together and get this done."
Whitmer's request comes as Congress has been deadlocked in negotiations over potentially billions of dollars in emergency COVID-19 assistance.
"The next two months are going to be hard. Our case numbers, our hospitalizations and deaths are dangerously high already," the first-term Democrat said. Both chambers of the legislature are led by Republicans.
More than 350,000 state residents have tested positive for the coronavirus, and over 9,000 have died.
Emergency management , Government and politics , State governments , 2019-2020 Coronavirus pandemic , Coronavirus , Infectious diseases , Diseases and conditions , Health , Coronavirus , Lung disease , Economic stimulus , Fiscal policy , Economic policy , Economy , Business , Economic policy , Government business and finance , Government business and finance , Economic policy , Government policy
Michigan state government
Michigan , United States , North America , Lansing