MacGregor supports critical funding for front-line workers, others affected by COVID-19

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Wednesday approved $524 million in available federal COVID-19 funding to deliver much-needed supplies to front-line workers, help families in need of financial assistance, and to support critical state infrastructure.

“Michigan’s health care heroes and public safety officials have been serving our state on the front lines against COVID-19 to ensure the well-being of all of us,” said Senate Majority Floor Leader Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford. “Today the Senate acted to help provide them with more critical protective equipment they need to do their jobs, as well as additional financial resources for them to help take care of themselves and their families as we continue to battle the virus.”

Senate Bill 690 would provide $100 million in support pay for first responders such as police officers, firefighters and EMS workers; $50 million for additional testing supplies and personal protective equipment for workers at nursing, home health and day care facilities; $125 million to reduce child care costs for essential workers; and $178 million to increase pay by $3 an hour for direct care workers, including those who provide care for seniors in nursing homes, disabled individuals and individuals with mental illnesses.

Additionally, SB 690 would provide $12 million for food processors to ensure Michigan’s food supply remains safe and operational, $11 million for the Unemployment Insurance Agency to immediately hire more staff to help unemployed Michigan workers, $2.5 million in assistance to hospitality workers who are not eligible for unemployment benefits, $30 million for at-home learning and assessment support for schools, and $15 million for summer schools.

“Today’s action by the Senate aims to start spending the $3.8 billion the federal government sent Michigan to help our people fight the coronavirus,” MacGregor said. “The strain the virus has placed on our state has been immense, and our people need this important federal coronavirus relief funding now, without delay.”

SB 690 now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.