Navigating the Week: GLB’s Weekly Roundup 03/20
State updates on coronavirus pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and state officials have provided steady updates on the state of COVID-19 in Michigan. Official state information can be found on this page.
Whitmer freezes evictions statewide during our COVID-19 outbreak. On Friday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer made an Executive Order that will temporarily prohibit any tenant or mobile home owner from being removed for failure to pay rent during the COVID-19 outbreak. Read the entire Executive Order here.
Whitmer expands unemployment benefits during COVID-19 outbreak. Early this week, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer used an executive order to expand eligibility during the coronavirus pandemic. Get the details here.
Gov. Whitmer asked for Statewide Hand Washing Stations. Advocates pointed to the need to reduce health risks by installing public sanitation stations and by working to speed up the pace of water service restoration the Governor facilitated on March 9.
State creates map of free lunch locations. As schools close for the coronavirus, many districts are organizing locations where students can still get free lunches. The state has created an interactive map of these locations.
Federal judge blocks food stamp cuts. A federal judge in Michigan has blocked a measure that would remove hundreds of thousands of residents from food assistance programs. Get the full story here.
Looking back on GOP move to gut sick leave. Back in 2018, Republican lawmakers chose to “adopt and amend” a ballot initiative that would have guaranteed Michigan workers earned paid sick time, meaning they passed it into law to keep it off the ballot and then gutted it during the lame duck session. That decision is especially significant now, as staying home is the best way to stop the spread of COVID-19. Read more here.
Tweet of the Week
State Sen. Curtis Hertel calls on his fellow senators to ensure educators are paid while schools are shut down in this week’s Tweet of the Week.