Any COVID-19 relief deal withholding federal funds is ‘shortchanging’ Michigan

Michigan residents need all available federal COVID-19 relief funds, not a portion of them, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Wednesday hours before lawmakers sent her several GOP-backed pandemic plans. 

The bills allocate approximately $4.3 billion in federal relief, providing federally approved money to improve vaccination and testing efforts, help families and businesses in need and make it easier for schools and students to return to normal. 

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer speaks at a press conference on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2020.

But the measures tie more than $1 billion of those dollars to separate bills that would strip emergency pandemic powers away from the state health department. And they still withhold hundreds of millions of available federal dollars. 

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