Flood damage in Detroit | Ken Coleman photo
Updated, 1:18 p.m. 7/15/21 with Biden’s action
The Michigan Senate on Thursday approved a $385 million spending plan that would help Southeast Michigan recover from flooding, boost childcare reimbursement rates, aid hospitals during the COVID-19 pandemic and more.
President Joe Biden on Thursday approved a national disaster declaration for Wayne and Washtenaw counties.
The Senate voted 35-0 on the bill that mostly uses federal COVID-19 relief money. The Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 budget supplemental also includes $17,000 from the state General Fund.
Senate Bill 27, sponsored by Senate Appropriations Chair Jim Stamas (R-Midland), will head to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s desk. The House passed the bill on June 30.
The bill includes:
- $160 million to hospitals to help cover increased costs and reduced revenue during the COVID-19 pandemic
- $100 million to long-term care facilities to provide a $23 per day increase to nursing facilities that have seen a census decline since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic
- $2.7 million for Michigan State Police Secondary Road Patrol
- $105 million in federal funding for the Department of Education to increase childcare provider reimbursement rates for childcare centers, group home providers, registered family homes and licensed exempt providers by 40% above the rates in effect on Sept. 30, 2020 through Sept. 30, 2021
- $10 million in General Fund money for the Emergency and Disaster Response and Mitigation line for MSP to cover costs related to the June 2021 weather events
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