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WATCH: Whitmer announces Michigan COVID Recovery Plan

Posted at 10:41 AM, Jan 19, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-19 14:28:02-05

LANSING, Mich. — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced the Michigan COVID Recovery Plan during a news conference Tuesday.

The plan focuses on vaccine distribution, economic recovery, schools and more.

“The MI COVID Recovery Plan will help small businesses get through the winter, help us put more shots in arms and ramp up vaccine distribution and get our kids back on track in school," Whitmer said. "It’s the right thing to do to protect public health and jumpstart our economy, and I’m ready to work with the legislature to get it done.”

Funding in the plan includes:

- $575 million to help expand vaccine distribution
- $225 in support for small businesses
- allocation of $1.7 billion from the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief Fund for schools
- an additional $300 million to help schools offer in-person learning to all students by March 1
- a call on the Michigan Legislature to permanently expand unemployment benefits from 20 weeks to 26 weeks
- a call for the Michigan Legislature to pass the Good Jobs for Michigan Act
- more support for food assistance programs
- rental and utilities assistance
- creation of an Office of Rural Development
- targeted employment and training services
- a pilot providing wrap-around supports for up to 400 single parents who participate in the Michigan Reconnect and Futures for Frontliners programs

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She was joined at the news conference by State Budget Director David Massaron and State Treasurer Rachel Eubanks.