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Peters, Stabenow Welcome Nearly $11 Billion in Funding for Michigan State and Local Governments Through the American Rescue Plan Act They Helped Enact Into Law

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 6:00 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (MI) and Debbie Stabenow (MI) today welcomed the Treasury Department’s announcement that Michigan state and local governments will receive nearly $11 billion in funding through the American Rescue Plan, which the senators helped enact into law earlier this year.

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Gov. Whitmer Signs Proclamation Marking May as Asian American and Pacific Islander Month

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 3:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. -- Today Governor Gretchen Whitmer issued a proclamation marking May as Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Month.  

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Peters & Portman Lead Members of Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee to Encourage Administration to Fill Watchdog Vacancies

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 1:15 PM

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senators Gary Peters (D-MI) and Rob Portman (R-OH), Chairman and Ranking Member of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, led several of their committee colleagues to encourage President Biden to swiftly fill Inspectors General (IG) vacancies to help safeguard taxpayer dollars and strengthen independent oversight of federal agencies. The letter emphasizes the importance of Senate-confirmed IGs to Congress’ oversight efforts and notes Senate-confirmed IGs are likely to be more independent than those in acting roles.

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Gov. Whitmer Announces 55% of Michiganders Vaccinated, First Milestone of MI Vacc to Normal Plan Achieved

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 11:00 AM

The State anticipates allowing all in-person work to resume on May 24.    

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced that 55% of Michiganders have received their first dose of the safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine. The announcement marks the first milestone of the ‘MI Vacc to Normal’ plan, which would enable in-person work to resume across all employment sectors on May 24. Governor Whitmer released a video on social media congratulating Michiganders for achieving this important step and encouraged others to get vaccinated to help us get back to normal.

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SBAM | Action Alert: Permanent MIOSHA Rules

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 10:00 AM

MIOSHA’s COVID-19 Rules have required businesses to dramatically change their day-to-day business practices since the beginning of the pandemic, but did you know that MIOSHA is pushing for these rules to become permanent?

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Michigan Selected for $15M Code.org Pilot Program Expanding AP Computer Science Offerings

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 9:00 AM

Investment builds on innovative partnership between MiSTEM Network, Code.org, Grand Valley State University, and College Board to expand STEM education, grow talent for high-demand careers   

LANSING, MICH – Michigana national leader in STEM education for K-12 students, will expand Advanced Placement Computer Science (AP CS) opportunities thanks to a $15 million Code.org pilot program launching in seven states. The pilot focuses on expanding AP CS course offerings to more students and increasing diversity to ensure CS courses are available to all students.

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Peters Reintroduces Bipartisan Bill to Strengthen Reentry Opportunities Through Skills Trainings & Apprenticeships

Michigan Business Network
May 11, 2021 8:00 AM

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI) Monday announced that he reintroduced bipartisan legislation that strengthens reentry programs that provide workforce training, pre-apprenticeship, and apprenticeship. The Reentry Employment Opportunities Act, which Peters reintroduced with U.S. Senator Rob Portman (R-OH), would codify into law the U.S. Department of Labor’s Reentry Employment Opportunities (REO) Program, which supports national, regional, and local organizations that administer skills training programs. The REO program provides critical opportunities for returning citizens to be able to have a smooth transition back into society, and learn skills that will help them secure good jobs.

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Treasury: State Individual Income Tax Deadline in a Week

Michigan Business Network
May 10, 2021 6:00 PM

 E-Filing Convenient, Safe and Secure

LANSING, Mich. -- The Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) is reminding taxpayers that state individual income tax returns are due in a week.

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SBAM | Returning to in-person work will happen soon. Are you ready?

Michigan Business Network
May 10, 2021 3:00 PM

Be Ready to Reopen When Restrictions Are Lifted with CovidComply.com

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Gov. Whitmer Announces Grants for 88 Electric Vehicle Charging Sites

Michigan Business Network
May 10, 2021 10:00 AM

to Expand Statewide Network   

LANSING, Mich. -- Governor Gretchen Whitmer today announced thirty-two locations across Michigan have been approved as part of the Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes, and Energy’s Charge Up grants totaling $1,868,681.13 to install fast-charging stations for private and commercial electric vehicles, adding 88 charging outlets along key travel routes throughout the state.

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