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.
The federal agency announced plans to thoroughly review the project’s potential environmental impacts on the Straits of Mackinac. The process also requires the agency to consider alternatives to the tunnel project.
The nation’s top mental health and medical associations oppose the practice, saying it is associated with depression, and puts youth at risk of suicide. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s executive order cuts off government funding but the legislature would have to pass a law to ban the practice.
The court Friday ordered the state canvassing board to certify Unlock Michigan petitions, paving the way for the Republican-led Legislature to repeal an invalidated law Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used to issue unilateral emergency orders early in the COVID-19 pandemic.
The task force will study the factors that contribute to juvenile detention and develop policy recommendations to reduce the number of children incarcerated by the justice system often for noncriminal offenses.
A proposed $405 million infusion to the Great Start Readiness Program could come from federal COVID funds and the state’s school aid fund. It would provide free preschool to 17,000 more children from low- and moderate-income families.
Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s economic plan would also direct money to help parents offset childcare expenses and enable businesses to cover operational costs. She must negotiate the plan with a GOP-majority legislature.