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Whitmer again vetoes virus aid after no legislative deal

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer again has vetoed about $652 million in proposed COVID-19 relief spending because the Michigan Legislature passed it without negotiating with her administration
The Michigan Capitol and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.
The Michigan Capitol and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.(WLUC)
Published: Mar. 26, 2021 at 4:52 PM EDT
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LANSING, Mich. (AP/WLUC) - Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Friday again vetoed about $652 million in proposed COVID-19 relief spending because the Michigan Legislature passed it without negotiating with her administration.

Majority Republicans had reapproved the funding after the Democratic governor vetoed it weeks ago amid a fight over the GOP’s attempt to link federal funds to her agreeing to cede certain pandemic powers solely to local health departments.

One bill proposed $405 million in state-funded business relief and a $150 million deposit into the unemployment insurance fund. Another would have given $87 million in federal funds to private schools and $10 million to reimburse parents for summer school expenses.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available.

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