Michigan Legislature passes $6.6 B in federal virus aid
The supplemental budget bill would spend all but $362 million in unallotted school funding from U.S. rescue packages.
LANSING, Mich. (AP with Christine Winter) - (6/16/21) - The Michigan Senate has voted unanimously to allocate nearly $4.4 billion in federal COVID-19 aid to K-12 schools after Republican lawmakers and Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration reached an agreement.
The supplemental budget bill would spend all but $362 million in unallotted school funding from U.S. rescue packages approved in March and December.
The House, meanwhile, voted Tuesday to release $2.2 billion in coronavirus aid designated for food and rental assistance and local governments.
The vote was described as a sign of progress weeks after Whitmer and GOP legislative leaders announced plans for a deal to open budget talks.
Final legislative votes are expected Wednesday.
Negotiations continue over the 2021-22 budget and how to use billions in other virus funds.
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