DNR Events – March 2021
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Applications for new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation program now available
February 25, 2021
Media Contact: Lynda Robinson, 313-348-8220
The Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced that eligible Michiganders can apply for the new Mixed Earners Unemployment Compensation (MEUC) program.
The MEUC program was created as part of the federal Continued Assistance Act (CAA) and provides an additional $100 per week in supplemental benefits. MEUC is payable for the weeks ending January 2, 2021, through the week ending March 13, 2021.
Potentially eligible claimants have received a notice either by mail or in their Michigan Web Account Manager (MiWAM) account about the availability of MEUC and how to apply.
To qualify for MEUC:
- Claimants must have earned at least $5,000 in self-employment income (net) in the most recent taxable year.
- Claimants must be receiving unemployment benefits for weeks covered by the MEUC program, which are the weeks ending January 2, 2021 through March 13, 2021.
- Claimants must apply online for the MEUC program and must submit proof of self-employment income.
- MEUC is not available for claimants who are currently receiving Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA).
Claimants are required to submit documentation of the net earnings of self-employment income obtained during the most recent taxable year. For example, if the claim was filed in 2020, documentation should be from 2019.
Acceptable documentation includes, but is not limited to tax returns, 1099’s, bank receipts, business records, invoices and billing statements. This does not include W-2 wages earned with an employer. MEUC payments will not begin until self-employment income documentation can be verified. The proof of income must be related to self-employment, not W-2 wages.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2021
CONTACT: Dan Weingarten, MDOT Office of Communications, 906-250-4809
Annual spring weight restrictions
February 26, 2021 — The Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) and local agencies are enacting spring weight restrictions, an annual move to protect roads.
Effective 6 a.m. Monday, March 1, weight restrictions will be imposed and enforced on all state trunkline highways from the Michigan border north to and including M-20 from the interchange with US-31 in Oceana County, then east on M-20 to US-131, then north on US-131 to M-20 in Mecosta County, then east on M-20 to US-10 in Midland County, then east on US-10 to M-25 in Bay City, including the entire Thumb region.
All state trunklines in this area will have weight restrictions imposed and enforced. State routes typically carry M, I, or US designations.
When roads that have been frozen all winter begin to thaw from the surface downward, melting snow and ice saturate the softened ground. During the spring thaw, the roadbed softened by trapped moisture beneath the pavement makes it more susceptible to damage. This also contributes to pothole problems already occurring due to this winter’s numerous freeze-thaw cycles.
In the restricted areas, the following will apply:
– On routes designated as “all-season” (designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be no reduction in legal axle weights.
– On routes designated as “seasonal” (designated in solid or dashed red on the MDOT Truck Operators Map), there will be a posted weight reduction of 25 percent for rigid (concrete) pavements and 35 percent for flexible (asphalt) pavements.
– All extended permits will be valid for oversize loads in the weight-restricted area on the restricted routes. Single-trip permits will not be issued for any overweight loads or loads exceeding 14 feet in width, 11 axles and 150 feet in overall length on the restricted routes.
MDOT determines when weight restrictions begin each spring by measuring frost depths along state highways, observing road conditions, and monitoring weather forecasts. Weight restrictions remain in effect until the frost line is deep enough to allow moisture to escape and the roadbeds regain stability.
County road commissions and city public works departments put in place their own seasonal weight restrictions, which usually, but not always, coincide with state highway weight restrictions. Signs are generally posted to indicate which routes have weight restrictions in effect.
For weight restriction information and updates, call 800-787-8960, or you can access this information on MDOT’s website at www.Michigan.gov/Truckers, under “Restrictions.” All-season routes are designated in green and gold on the MDOT Truck Operators Map, which is available online. You also may sign up to receive e-mail alerts.
Trucking companies located in New Jersey and Canada can obtain information by calling 517-373-6256.