March 20, 2020—This week, the Michigan Legislature approved a $125 million supplemental appropriations bill to help alleviate shortfalls the state is currently facing, or expecting to face soon, in its COVID-19 response:
- $50 million to hospital services
- $40 million for virus monitoring, infection control, and other needs
- $35 million for future costs, set in a reserve fund
These funds will be combined with an additional $25 million included in a separate supplemental bill the Legislature passed last week.
One issue the Legislature has not yet taken action on is how to handle missed school days and payment to hourly employees who are affected during the school shutdown.
The Legislature has also scaled back scheduled session days, with only one scheduled session day each of week through mid-April.