Whitmer seeks $400M in virus spending in Legislature

Posted at 11:47 AM, Dec 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-04 11:47:51-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer is asking state lawmakers to approve $300 million in spending to fight the coronavirus into 2021, including money to support the broad-based distribution of vaccines.

Thursday's request is in addition to the Democratic governor’s previous call for $100 million in direct aid to people and businesses hit hardest by the pandemic.

COVID-19 funding and other outbreak-related bills are a top priority in the remaining two weeks of session.

The state budget office says the $300 million is needed to continue critical response activities that cannot be funded with previously authorized federal aid after Dec. 30.