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Gov. Whitmer signs bill to provide $300 unemployment payments

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Posted at 2:18 PM, Sep 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-09-08 14:43:14-04

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed Senate Bill 745 to provide an extra $300 in weekly benefits to Michiganders who are unemployed.

The bill appropriates $2.8 billion in supplemental funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency.

Last week, the director of Michigan's Unemployment Insurance Agency told lawmakers that the money should be coming out this week, but will be backdated to August 1st and may likely only provide three weeks of benefits.

“This is good news for the thousands of Michiganders who are still without work as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s still a short term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” said Governor Whitmer. “We need the president, Mitch McConnell, and Congress to put partisanship aside and pass a bipartisan recovery package that will help us save lives and get people back on their feet. Michigan families, frontline workers, and small business owners are counting on the federal government to do the right thing and work together on their behalf.”

At this time, eligible claimants do not have to take any action to receive the additional benefit amount provided by the program.

SB 745 also includes $8 million in funding for the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois, which will provide a critical barrier to prevent invasive carp from entering Lake Michigan. The bill also provides match money for disaster flood cleanup in Midland and Gladwin counties, as well as funding for flooding in Detroit.

“I appreciate the good working relationship I have with our appropriations chairs, Sen. Jim Stamas and Rep. Shane Hernandez,” said State Budget Director Chris Kolb. “This bill will provide important unemployment benefits for residents in our state and I look forward to continuing our work with the Legislature as we negotiate the Fiscal Year 2021 budget which begins on October 1.”

“A little more than three months ago, communities in Gladwin and Midland counties saw tremendous flooding and the damage is still impossible to fully comprehend,” said Republican Senator Jim Stamas of Midland. “We are is this together, and this state funding will assist our communities recover and rebuild in the aftermath of unimaginable flooding.”

“The crucial funding being sent to the Detroit supporting flood mitigation sets us on a path to save lives and protect our communities. These funds will allow us to create long-term solutions to prevent flooding in our neighborhoods throughout the city. I was proud to advocate for this funding on behalf of Detroiters everywhere, and am grateful that Governor Whitmer made it official today,” said Democratic Representative Joe Tate of Detroit.