LANSING, Mich. — Michigan state senators passed a $485 million COVID-19 relief bill Friday night by a vote of 35-2, a news release said.
It includes $220 million in unemployment benefits to extend them another 26 weeks through April 1, $115 million to address shortages of nurses at hospitals, more than $79 million to expand virus testing and vaccine distribution, $63 million in small business survival grants and $45 million in employee assistance grants to help those laid off during the government shutdown.
The house will meet to discuss the bill Monday morning.
It needs Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s signature to become law.