LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Wednesday signed a $2.2 billion spending bill that allocates federal COVID-19 aid for a continued boost in food assistance benefits and rental relief along with new grants to municipalities.

The funds are from a rescue law enacted by Congress and former President Donald Trump in December.

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The Democratic governor said she was proud to sign bipartisan legislation “that will help Michiganders keep roofs over their heads and keep the ability to feed their families.”

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About $1.5 billion will support the continuation of a 15% increase in monthly food benefits through September. Roughly $378 million will keep intact aid to renters at or below 80% of a local area’s median income, helping with rent, utility bills, and other services. Local governments will receive $322 million, which can be used in a variety of ways.

About $65 million in disaster funds will go to counties, cities, and hospitals for coronavirus vaccination efforts and to the Midland area in the aftermath of devastating 2020 flooding.


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