emergency funds

Washtenaw County

Washtenaw County continues to request additional funding from government agencies, like the Federal Emergency Management Agency, for local COVID-19 response. 

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Governor Gretchen Whitmer says she will announce plans soon to allow some businesses to re-open and to permit more public gatherings.  As we hear from Rick Pluta, Whitmer says the state is preparing the next phase of its response to the COVID-19 emergency.

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Calling it the "COVID-19 Hero's Fund,” Michigan U.S. Senator Gary Peters is trying to get a boost in pay for essential workers on the front lines across the state during the current health pandemic.  WEMU's Lisa Barry talked with one of Michigan's U.S. senators about the idea.

Omari Rush
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This week, "Art and Soul" is about the visual arts.  WEMU's Lisa Barry is joined by Omari Rush, the executive director of CultureSource and chair of the Michigan Council For The Arts and Cultural Affairs to talk about the impact of the current health pandemic is having on local artists and arts organizations.

Washtenaw County Board Approves Relief Funds

Apr 9, 2020
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The Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners has approved $3.2 million in COVID-19 relief.  


The co-founder of Duo Security in Ann Arbor and his wife are committing $1 million in short-term, emergency relief grants to help small businesses in our county that are being affected by the coronavirus crisis.  

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To help slow the spread of the virus, arts venues were first to cancel events and send artists home.  The ripple effect is devastating for the people and organizations in Washtenaw County that don’t have or qualify for emergency economic relief packages.  The Arts Alliance’s Deb Polich and WEMU’s David Fair discuss the need for creative aid on this week’s "creative:impact."

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Roads, flood damage repairs, and an investigation could get money sent their way soon.  The Legislature has sent a spending bill to the governor’s desk.