Michigan needs stimulus aid plan ‘to transform’ state

Desy Papper

Six major Michigan business associations have sent letters to state policymakers, calling on them to take the time needed to assure the funds are used to shape Michigan’s future. The letters sent this week come as Michigan is poised to receive $10 billion in direct aid to the state and local governments from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 […]

Six major Michigan business associations have sent letters to state policymakers, calling on them to take the time needed to assure the funds are used to shape Michigan’s future.

The letters sent this week come as Michigan is poised to receive $10 billion in direct aid to the state and local governments from the $1.9 trillion COVID-19 relief package passed last month.

The American Rescue Plan Act also provides millions more in other federal funding, including an estimated $4 billion for emergency school aid in Michigan and possibly tens of billions more in competitive dollars. Much of the money comes with few restrictions and doesn’t expire until 2024, the business leaders noted.

“The main question now is: will we seize this singular moment to help Michigan emerge from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger — or will we look back years from now only to realize a significant opportunity to transform our state was squandered?” the associations wrote in a letter to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

The governor’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment. The associations also sent letters to legislative leadership and municipal leaders.

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