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    Whitmer to announce plan to use COVID money to fight crime in Detroit

    Detroit — With crime on the rise citywide, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced Monday she will use federal funds earmarked for COVID-19 recovery efforts to beef up local law enforcement.

    A 2 p.m. press conference is scheduled in Detroit, in which Whitmer is set “to announce a proposal to strengthen public safety using resources from President Biden’s American Rescue Plan,” according to a press release from the governor’s office.

    “Her proposal will increase support for police officers, create programs to curb the use of illegal guns, and holistically expand opportunity in Michigan communities by investing in education, job creation, and our justice system,” the release said.

    Also scheduled to attend the press conference: Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan, Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy, interim Detroit Police Chief James White, Congresswomen Brenda Lawrence, D-Southfield, and Debbie Dingell, D-Dearborn, and State Rep. Tyrone Carter, D-Detroit.

    The American Rescue Plan Act of 2021, signed by Biden in March, claims it will “change the course of the pandemic and deliver immediate relief for American workers. The plan will build a bridge to an equitable economic recovery and immediately

    reduce child poverty.”

    Interim Detroit Police Chief James White

    The plan distributes $1.9 trillion in emergency funds, including nearly $122 billion for local and state educational agencies.

    The educational agencies “may use these funds, consistent with Federal civil rights laws, for a range of evidence-based strategies that increase public safety for young people,” according to a U.S. Dept. of Education bulletin, “How American Rescue Plan Funds Can Prevent and Respond to Crime and Promote Public Safety,” which was released in June.

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