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Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association and Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development Establish Statewide Partnership

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 7:00 PM

MRLA and MDARD to coordinate food labeling training for restaurants, prepare for retail sale 

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Restaurant & Lodging Association (MRLA) and the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development (MDARD) have announced a partnership that will enable restaurants to sell food and pantry items, which currently, can be sold only by grocery and retail stores.

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Million Meal Challenge will help feed hungry Michiganders during COVID-19 crisis

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 6:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. -- he COVID-19 crisis has prompted mandated school closures and idled workers, dramatically increasing the need for healthy food.  To address the demand on the state’s seven regional food banks, the Michigan Farm Bureau Family of Companies and the Farm Bureau Insurance of Michigan Agent Charitable Fund today launched a statewide fundraiser, The Million Meal Challenge.

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NEWS RELEASE: Michigan Updating COVID-19 Case Reporting Time, Format

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 5:00 PM

LANSING, MICH. The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) is rapidly expanding and improving its ability to report data related to the COVID-19 outbreak.  As of today, March 27, MDHHS will begin reporting COVID-19 case numbers and testing numbers at a new time. In a daily web update at 3 p.m., the department will provide statewide numbers for: 

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Governor Announces New Programs to Increase and Expand Unemployment Benefits for Workers Affected by COVID-19

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 4:00 PM

Benefits increased for all unemployed workers, expanded to self-employed and low-wage workers

LANSINGMICH.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today announced new programs for workers affected by COVID-19. The governor, under the federal CARES Act, signed an agreement between Michigan and the U.S. Dept. of Labor to implement Pandemic Unemployment Assistance and Compensation programs that grant benefits to workers who do not already qualify for state unemployment benefits. Workers include self-employed, 1099-independent contractors, gig, and low-wage workers who can no longer work because of the pandemic. The agreement also increases weekly benefits for all unemployed workers by $600 a week for up to four months and extends benefit payments from 26 to 39 weeks. 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Temporarily Suspending Scope of Practice Laws, Allowing Qualified Physician Assistants, Nurses to Treat COVID-19 patients

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 2:00 PM

Taxpayers Must Submit State and City of Detroit Income Tax Returns, Payments by Midnight on July 15

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today signed Executive Order 2020-30, which relaxes scope of practice laws to give hospitals and other health-care facilities the flexibility they need to successfully deploy qualified physician assistants, nurses and other health care providers to combat COVID-19.

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NEWS RELEASE: State Leaders Outline Protections, Assistance Available for Energy Utility Customers

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 1:00 PM


LANSING, MICH.
The State of Michigan is working with utility companies to ensure protections are in place for customers as efforts to help slow the spread of the coronavirus impact families and businesses across the state.

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Joint Statement from Governor Whitmer and Legislative Leaders on Supplemental Funding for COVID-19 Response

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 12:00 PM

LANSINGMICH.  Gov. Gretchen Whitmer, Sen. Mike Shirkey, Sen. Jim Ananich, Rep. Lee Chatfield, and Rep. Christine Greig issued the following joint statement on the signing of two supplemental budget bills that provide $150 million in new state funding in the current fiscal year for the response to COVID-19. 

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Additional Food Assistance for 350,000 Michigan Families Approved in Response to COVID-19 Emergency

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 11:00 AM

SNAP work requirements also temporarily waived

LANSING, MICH. Approximately 350,000 Michigan families will have access to additional food assistance benefits as a response to the COVID-19 outbreak and about 27,000 individuals will be temporarily exempt from federal work requirements, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (MDHHS) announced today. 

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NEWS RELEASE: AG Nessel Address Confusion Over Businesses Deemed ‘Critical’ During Stay Safe, Stay Home Order

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 9:00 AM

LANSINGMICH.  Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel posted a video online today to address questions surrounding employment rights considering Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Stay Home, Stay Safe executive order. 

Click here to view the video. 

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Governor Whitmer Signs Executive Order Changing City, State Income Tax Filing Deadlines to July 2020

Michigan Business Network
March 30, 2020 8:00 AM

Taxpayers Must Submit State and City of Detroit Income Tax Returns, Payments by Midnight on July 15

LANSING, Mich. – Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-26, which pushes all April 2020 state and city income tax filing deadlines in Michigan to July 2020, as a part of continued efforts to help Michiganders during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Effective immediately, state of Michigan and city of Detroit income tax returns and payments due on April 15 are now due before midnight on July 15. Other state of Michigan cities with income taxes due on April 15 will now be due on July 15, while cities with income taxes due on April 30 will now be due on July 31.

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