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Governor Whitmer Reopens Movie Theaters, Strengthens Mask Requirements in Schools

Michigan Business Network
September 25, 2020 5:00 PM

Governor’s order increases limits on mass gatherings for regions in phase 4 of the MI Safe Start Plan   

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Orders 2020-183, which amends the MI Safe Start order to reopen movie theaters and performance venues and 2020-185which requires face coverings for students in grades K-5.

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Peters Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Increase Icebreaking Capacity in the Great Lakes

Michigan Business Network
September 25, 2020 4:00 PM

WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Senator Peters (MI) introduced theGreat Lakes Winter Commerce Act, bipartisan legislation that will codify the U.S. Coast Guard’s icebreaking mission on the Great Lakes and increase the icebreaking capacity of the Great Lakes fleet. Icebreaking is critical for commerce in the Great Lakes, and increasing icebreaking capacity will help the many businesses and workers that rely on the maritime industry to transport their goods to market and grow our regional economy. Peters introduced the legislation with U.S. Senators Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) and Todd Young (R-IN).

Icebreaking in the Great Lakes is critical not just for Michigan’s economy and small business – but for our entire country. As we gear up for another winter, the importance of icebreaking is more vital than ever given the economic crisis caused by the Coronavirus pandemic,” said Senator Peters. “I’m pleased to join my colleagues on a bipartisan basis to prioritize icebreaking in the Great Lakes and ensure safe trade and commerce.”

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Michigan College Access Network Awards 11 Additional COVID-19 Response Grants in 11th Round of Funding

Michigan Business Network
September 25, 2020 9:00 AM

$69,935 awarded to 10 organizations across Michigan in support of postsecondary attainment efforts 

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan College Access Network (MCAN) has awarded $69,935 in its 11th round of COVID-19 Response Grants to 10 organizations in Michigan. These grants help Michigan high schools, Local College Access Networks, community-based nonprofit organizations and higher education institutions support emergent postsecondary projects and programs in their communities. MCAN is also now partnering with other funders to co-sponsor these grants.

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State of Michigan budget in place, ready to begin new fiscal year on October 1

Michigan Business Network
September 24, 2020 5:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Legislature and the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer have worked together to put a Fiscal Year 2021 budget in place that will soon become law. It is a budget that funds shared priorities such as education, economic development, public health, public safety, and the environment.  

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Governor Whitmer Announces Bold Action to Protect Public Health and Create Clean Energy Jobs by Making Michigan Carbon-Neutral by 2050

Michigan Business Network
September 24, 2020 3:00 PM

With The MI Healthy Climate Plan, Michigan becomes the ninth state to commit to 100% economic carbon neutrality   

LANSING, Mich. -- Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-182 and Executive Directive 2020-10 to create the MI Healthy Climate Plan. The governor’s comprehensive plan will protect Michiganders’ public health and the environment and help develop new clean energy jobs by putting Michigan on a path towards becoming fully carbon-neutral by 2050.

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Gov. Gretchen Whitmer: 2021 budget remains focused on education and healthy families

Michigan Business Network
September 24, 2020 1:00 PM

Governor set to sign budget in coming days 

LANSING, Mich. -- Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will soon sign her second budget into law amidst a global pandemic that created one of the most challenging and unique budget cycles in Michigan history. It’s a budget that will deliver on many of her signature priorities, including the Michigan Reconnect program for a tuition-free pathway for adults, funding for the Healthy Moms, Healthy Babies program to ensure women have the care they need for a healthy pregnancy, and expanding access to childcare for families. 

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VIDEO: Governor Whitmer Sits Down with Top Advisors to Discuss Michigan’s COVID-19 Response

Michigan Business Network
September 23, 2020 6:00 PM

Over The Past Six Months

LANSING, Mich.
-- In a new video, Governor Whitmer sat down with Michigan’s Chief Medical Executive and MDHHS Chief Deputy for Health Dr. Joneigh Khaldun and her Chief Legal Counsel Mark Totten to discuss Michigan’s ongoing response to COVID-19 over the past six months. Both Totten and Dr. Khaldun have worked in tandem with the governor and many others to ensure Michigan’s swift response to the virus and to save lives. Since Michigan’s first case of COVID-19 in March, they have each worked around the clock to implement executive orders, directives and policies that protect the health and safety of Michigan families, frontline workers, educators, and small businesses.  

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Governor Whitmer Proclaims This Week as Small Business Week in Michigan

Michigan Business Network
September 23, 2020 1:00 PM

The governor calls on the president and Mitch McConnell to pass a COVID-19 recovery package to help Michigan’s small business 

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Whitmer proclaimed September 20 – September 26, 2020 as Michigan Small Business Week to recognize the thousands of small business across the state that keep Michigan’s economy strong and our communities united.  

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Peters, Stabenow Push to Hold Pharmaceutical Companies Accountable During Pandemic as Part of Bipartisan Senate Effort

Michigan Business Network
September 23, 2020 7:00 AM

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) called on the Trump Administration — with a bipartisan group of Senators — to hold large pharmaceutical companies accountable for undermining programs for safety net health providers during the Coronavirus pandemic. In a letter to Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Alex Azar, the Senators and their colleagues pressed the Department to penalize companies that set prices at levels higher than permitted by the Health Services and Resources Administration’s 340B Drug Pricing Program. The 340B program requires drug companies to sell discounted prescription drugs to safety net hospitals, rural health facilities and other entities that provide care in underserved communities.

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Peters, Stabenow Announce Over $15.5 Million in Federal Funding for Pedestrian Safety Crossings Along Michigan Line Rail Corridor

Michigan Business Network
September 22, 2020 6:00 PM

Funding Will Support MDOT Efforts to Improve Pedestrian Safety, Address Trespassing Along Hotspot Rail Crossings

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today announced that the Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) will receive $15,619,365 to complete infrastructure improvements for pedestrian rail crossings along the Michigan Line between Dearborn and Kalamazoo. Over the past four years, 12 pedestrians have been struck by trains along the Michigan Line, in addition to many near-misses. MDOT’s project will improve rail crossing safety and help prevent trespassing at “hotspot” crossings along the Michigan Line, which go through downtowns and college campuses.

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