The 648,000 Michigan residents who received federal pandemic relief benefits in error will not have to repay the funds if they applied in good faith. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said waivers will be awarded if payments were the state’s error.
Futures for Frontliners gave essential workers in the early months of the COVID pandemic a shot at free community college. Some are on campuses, but many more have yet to complete financial forms that would free them of tuition payments.
The Senate votes to wipe an emergency powers law off the books. One Democrat calls the repeal “a waste of energy and a waste of our air” because the state’s high court already declared the law unconstitutional.
Michigan families would have had access to $1,000 scholarships for outside-of-school tutoring to help elementary reading skills. School leaders questioned whether the scholarships would help students most in need, or those with the resources to find tutors.
The review, revealed Wednesday, follows months of scrutiny by GOP legislators, who have questioned whether seniors were put in harm’s way under an early pandemic policy from Democratic Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that created regional “hubs” for infected patients.
Since Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced a $5 million lottery pool for those getting the COVID-19 vaccine, she’s touted that 1 million have signed up for the lottery — but the state cannot say if it’s luring more people to the shots. Several local health officials say it hasn’t.
Prizes like a college scholarship and $2 million jackpot will be awarded by Aug. 4 to anyone vaccinated, as long as they register for the chance to win. It’s an attempt to spur more vaccinations, which have slowed since spring.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer partners with Meijer, other agencies to follow the lead of Ohio, California, Illinois, Maryland and several other states that offer cash lotteries and scholarships to those that get vaccinated.