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Gov. Whitmer’s application for $300 more per week in unemployment approved by FEMA

Posted at 10:11 AM, Aug 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-21 10:11:13-04

LANSING, Mich. — Calling it “still a short term band aid that falls short of what’s needed,” Gov. Whitmer announced that her application to the federal government for an additional $300 a week in unemployment benefits was approved by the FEMA, the Federal Emergency Management Administration.

The state’s Unemployment Insurance Agency says the extra benefit would go to about 910,000 Michigan residents on unemployment. The benefits would be retroactive to August 1.

The governor in the announcement said federal officials and lawmakers should put aside partisanship and pass another recovery package.

The additional benefits will be added automatically to existing recipients who are receiving at least $100 a week.