Zorn supports immediate funding to fight coronavirus, restore more cuts

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Dale Zorn on Thursday voted to send the governor a $371 million budget supplemental to address the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak and restore more of her fiscal year 2020 vetoes and transfers.

“This supplemental funding will help Michigan meet pressing challenges and restore more of the funding for important services vetoed by the governor last fall,” said Zorn, R-Ida. “This measure authorizes up to $75 million in new funding to help state and local officials respond to the coronavirus and dedicates $5 million for grants to help communities make infrastructure repairs due to high water erosion.”

Senate Bill 151 restores the governor’s cuts to support hospitals, people with disabilities, job training, veterans and more.

The bill includes $500,000 for the Michigan State Police to provide traffic control and security at the Michigan International Speedway (MIS) on race days and $150,000 for Holiday Camp in Monroe County, a nonprofit summer camp that benefits and supports people with disabilities.

“Everyone in Michigan should have access to our great outdoors, and that is what restoring this support for the holiday camp will provide,” Zorn said. “The MIS security funding will help ensure that our roads are safe and traffic is moving on the days when twice as many fans as a Super Bowl come to our area for a big race.”

SB 151 now heads to the governor to be signed.