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Whitmer calls on federal government to prioritize funding for states

Governor Whitmer
Posted at 11:53 AM, May 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-29 06:08:41-04

(WXYZ) — Governor Gretchen Whitmer called on the federal government to prioritize funding for states during the coronavirus pandemic.

She said Michigan and states all over need the federal government to step up and help efforts and provide flexibility and financial support.

"Every state in the nation is confronting a budget crisis," she said.

She noted that the pandemic is going to lead to serious budget implications for Michigan.

"Congress needs to come together so Michigan can account for the impact on budgets," she said. "We need our partners on both sides of the aisle in Washington to come together and pass a plan to aid states in our recovery."

Whitmer said states need Congress to provide sufficient, flexible aid to mitigate the crisis.

Whitmer also spoke about how the state plans to ensure resources for those affected by the pandemic.

Specifically, she said her top priority is prioritizing funding for classrooms and literacy programs.

Additionally, she called for funding police and fire departments, paying first responders hazard pay and extending unemployment benefits.

She also said the state plans to push policy agendas that push greater access to health care and child care.

Whitmer also said she will prioritize a return to school plan that prioritizes safety for kids.

"I know we have shared priorities when it comes to protecting people in our state," she said.

State Budget Director Chris Colb said the economy is as bad, if not worse, than the Great Recession.

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