Michigan sitting on $800M in federal aid to combat COVID amid surge

Craig Mauger
The Detroit News

Lansing — More than $800 million in federal COVID-19 aid meant for testing, supporting vaccinations and training public health workers is awaiting the Michigan Legislature's approval with a record-setting virus surge hitting the state's hospitals.

Earlier this month, Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's budget office asked Republican lawmakers to approve $2.5 billion in supplemental spending, relying heavily on funds from the American Rescue Plan, the relief legislation that President Joe Biden signed in March. 

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