Michigan lawmakers have proposed an additional $125 million in funding to fight the spread of coronavirus.
The bill was passed unanimously yesterday. If signed by Gov. Whitmer, it would route $50 million to the Department of Health and Human Services, $40 million to other state agencies, and $35 million to an emergency fund in case more needs arise.
House Speaker Lee Chatfield said that the money is aimed to help deliver resources to scientists and first responders, who keep people safe.
“The situation surrounding this illness is changing rapidly, and we need to be flexible enough to provide a strong, agile response,” Chatfield said. “The coronavirus doesn’t care about politics, and neither can our response.”
The spending would be on top of $25 million in funding that was approved last week.