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New year perfect time for ‘MI New Economy’

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After a long December, it’s officially a new year, and I think we’re all joining the Counting Crows in hoping that maybe this year will be better than the last.

But, with it also being an election year, will Michigan’s Democratic governor and Republican-led Legislature be able to work together on some positive and historic investments with the billions of dollars in federal funding currently at their disposal?

It may seem like a long shot, but, if the way 2021 ended in the Capitol is any indication, bipartisanship, common ground, and compromise can be found.

The Legislature and governor worked together to negotiate and pass nearly $1 billion in federal funds from the American Rescue Plan to help support Michigan’s families, communities, and small businesses during the ongoing health crisis, including: $150 million for COVID-19 school testing, $140 million for rental assistance, and $36.3 million to help communities tackle lead, fund water distribution, inspections, blood testing, and more.

The governor and Legislature also acted swiftly last month to pass $1 billion for a new job-creation incentives fund aimed at recruiting and retaining auto manufacturers and other critical industries and making big industrial sites shovel-ready for construction.

But, while corporate subsidies continue to get the […]

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