April 17, 2021

Michigan

Whitmer continues to push personal responsibility to combat rising COVID-19 numbers in Michigan

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s Wednesday message to Michiganders to combat the latest surge of COVID-19 was much like last week’s message: Get vaccinated, continue to wear masks, social distance and regularly wash hands.

But if you happen to catch COVID-19, Whitmer highlighted a therapy — monoclonal antibodies —that has been available since December but somewhat underused.

So far, 6,600 people who have contracted COVID-19 within about 10 days have received the 21-minute infusion. In early March, Crain’s reported that about 4,000 people had received the antibodies.

“Sixty-five percent of patients report feeling better within two days and less than 5 percent

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Michigan Gov. Whitmer touts personal responsibility as COVID-19 surges

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said Monday the state will extend workplace COVID-19 restrictions this week for another six months because of current pandemic trends

She stressed the extension does not mean that no one will be allowed back into the office. Instead, she said it gives the state the tools needed to transition employees back to work. 

“At this juncture, with our high positivity numbers, it’s really important to extend for another six months so that we have the ability to work through what these protocols look like and get people back into the workplace when it’s safe to do

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Michigan governor continues to rely on vaccines, personal choice to handle COVID surge

DETROIT – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced Monday that the state’s response to rising COVID cases should be to begin shutting things down.

That announcement came Monday just days after Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer asked residents statewide for a two week pause.

She has opted out of a mandated shutdown. On Monday, she spoke at a Michigan vaccine event to address the questions about whether future shutdowns are possible.

The governor came to the Eastern Michigan University Convocation Center and toured a long running vaccination program.

She took the chance to discuss where Michigan stands in battling

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Michigan business groups oppose drug provisions of GOP health reform plan

A large coalition of business groups in Michigan announced opposition to two state House bills that are part of a 15-bill Republican health care reform package they say will increase insurance premiums.

The business groups are focusing opposition to House Bills 4346 and 4354 related to insulin and oral chemotherapy coverage they say will shift costs to small businesses and “mandate coverages and add unnecessary new regulations to insurers, raising health insurance premiums.”

Late Wednesday afternoon, the Michigan House passed health care reform bills, including HB 4346 and 4354. The bills now move to the Senate.

The coalition includes the

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Michigan cities weigh how to spend $4.4 billion windfall from federal stimulus law

In Port Huron, local officials are kicking around the idea of refunding all 2020 property taxes for every commercial, industrial and residential property in the city’s eight square miles.

Such a move would normally bankrupt the international border city of 29,000 residents at the mouth of Lake Huron.

But not after President Joe Biden signed a massive $1.9 trillion economic stimulus bill Thursday, a landmark government spending spree that promises a $19 million sliver for Port Huron.

“We could literally refund the 12 mills of the general property tax from last year and still have $10 million left over,” said

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Insurance Makes Michigan Costliest State for Car Ownership

The average cost of car ownership in the U.S. is highest in Michigan and lowest in Alaska, according to a recent study.

The estimates by Move.org, which provides referrals to moving companies and other resources for people who are moving, are based on the average cost of car payments, gas, car insurance and replacement parts across each state.

The average annual cost of car ownership in the U.S. is $5,264.58, Move.org says. In Michigan, the average resident pays $9,304.28 a year for their car, far ahead of second-place Florida at $6,765.22 and third-place Texas at $6,670.51. Delaware ($6,404.80) and Minnesota

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