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Gov. Whitmer says economic jumpstart plan will boost pay for some Michigan workers

LANSING, Mich. — Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced a plan on Thursday, June 3 to boost wages for Michigan workers.  The governor was joined by local entrepreneurs and business leaders to unveil the Michigan Economic Jumpstart Plan.  The proposal would allocate a portion of the federal relief funding to support and invest in working people and small businesses in Michigan. Under the governor’s plan, the state will increase incentives to boost wages to attract applicants, provide grants to small businesses to ramp up hiring, and expand access to childcare for families with young children who want to return to work but cannot. 

 “As we continue to take steps to jumpstart our economy, we need to have a real conversation about putting Michigan back to work with better jobs and bigger paychecks,” Governor Whitmer said. “Under the Michigan Economic Jumpstart plan, we can harness these once-in-a-lifetime economic opportunities and channel it to raise wages, invest in small businesses, and uplift families. I look forward to engaging the legislature, local communities, and Michiganders as we continue thinking through the best ways to use the federal funds and state surplus to turbocharge our economy and make a real difference in people’s lives.” 

With more than $2 billion remaining in Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act funding, nearly $20 billion in total funding from the American Rescue Plan, the state is in a very strong position to make large investments that can transform the state and help Michigan families and small businesses recover from the pandemic.  

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