Michigan Legislature passes $4.2B in virus aid without deal

The Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan during the winter.
The Capitol building in Lansing, Michigan during the winter.(WILX)
Published: Mar. 4, 2021 at 5:09 AM EST
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LANSING, Mich. (AP) -Michigan’s Legislature has approved a $4.2 billion coronavirus relief plan without a deal with Gov. Gretchen Whitmer. Majority Republicans are pressing the Democratic governor to curtail her pandemic powers.

Democrats oppose the GOP’s decision to not allocate all federal aid immediately. It’s unclear if Whitmer will veto the entire package or sign some of it.

The legislation includes a provision linking $840 million in school funding to Whitmer ceding authority to prohibit in-person instruction or sports to local officials.

The governor is sure to veto that. But she could still bless some or all of $3 billion in spending.

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