Michigan Legislature approves $841M in COVID, other aid

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan lawmakers have approved an additional $841 million in spending, primarily on pandemic relief, including for coronavirus testing at schools and emergency assistance to help low-income renters.

The supplemental funding was passed by the Legislature late Tuesday and will be signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer.

It includes nondiscretionary aid that Congress and President Joe Biden enacted nine months ago: $150 million for schools to screen and test for the virus; $168 million in relief for airports; and $140 million in emergency rental aid.

The bill has $36 million in state funding to address the water crisis in Benton Harbor.