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    Whitmer wants $2.1B in federal money to go toward job training, housing


    Gov. Gretchen Whitmer wants to spend $2.1 billion to stimulate economic prospects for the state’s small businesses, communities and middle-class residents. 

    The Democratic governor laid out the proposal Monday that would allocate $651 million to support small businesses, $722 million “to grow the middle class” and $800 million to build community housing. 

    The plan builds on a plan Whitmer announced in June, the Michigan Economic Jumpstart Plan, that sought to invest money in small businesses, childcare and payroll. 

    The allocations would require the support of the GOP-led Michigan Legislature, which is tasked with allocating much of the federal COVID relief dollars the state has received. 

    “As we emerge from the once-in-a-century pandemic, we have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to use billions in federal resources to grow Michigan’s middle class, support small businesses, and invest in our communities,” Whitmer said in a statement. 

    The $722 million would break down to about $215 million to expand the college scholarship programs, Michigan Reconnect and Future for Frontliners, $100 million for the Going Pro skilled trades program, and $100 million for college-bound low-income new high school graduates. About $79 million would go to students who have nearly completed everything they need for a degree, $70 million to bring more talent into industry and other investments would go to increase work experience opportunities for those earning their GEDs or leaving incarceration. 

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