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Michigan GOP: No COVID-19 aid unless counties are given control of school and sports closures

Posted at 5:22 AM, Jan 28, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-28 05:22:09-05

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan House Republicans have proposed a $3.5 billion coronavirus recovery plan that threatens to withhold billions to K-12 schools unless Gov. Gretchen Whitmer takes her administration’s power to prohibit in-person instruction and sports and gives it to local health departments.

Senate Republicans, meanwhile, have responded to COVID-19 restrictions being issued without their input by blocking 13 of the Democratic governor's nominees to various state boards.

Whitmer sought areas of common ground in her annual State of the State address Wednesday night, but partisan rancor is unlikely to dissipate in Lansing.