Securing Unemployment Insurance for Michiganders

Securing Unemployment Insurance for Michiganders

U.S. Senator Gary Peters

There is no question this is an incredibly challenging time for families across our state, especially as our schools and many businesses are closed and we’re asked to remain socially distant from one another – sometimes even from the people we love. Together, we will get through this and I’m going to keep doing everything I can to provide the people of Michigan the support they need during this difficult time.

The Coronavirus pandemic is a public health and economic crisis on a scale we have not seen before. That’s why we need a comprehensive approach to confront this disease head-on. In the Senate, I’m focused on supporting Michigan’s workers, small businesses, and our hospitals and health care professionals on the front lines preventing the spread of Coronavirus.


Click here to watch my floor speech on how the 3rd Coronavirus Package
will bring support to Michiganders

I helped secure passage of a new bipartisan Senate bill that includes a number of those priorities and worked to dramatically improve the bill. This bill takes a number of steps, including:

  • Expanding Unemployment Insurance and Benefits. The legislation includes my bill expanding unemployment benefits to those who do not normally qualify for unemployment insurance. It would expand who is eligible for unemployment to include workers who have exhausted their state unemployment benefits or other workers who would not usually qualify, including self-employed workers like independent contractors, small business owners, and workers in the gig economy. Workers could receive these benefits for up to 39 weeks. It takes the unprecedented step of expanding these types of benefits in response to a public health emergency and ensures workers who are quarantined – at home taking care of kids out of school, working reduced hours, or self-employed – can apply. This bill also increases the amount of unemployment benefits by $600 for four months, through July 2020. Both federal funded unemployment assistance and state unemployment insurance benefits will be administered by the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency. Click here for more information about the Michigan Unemployment Insurance Agency.
  • Increasing Funding for Small Businesses. I’ve spoken with small business owners across Michigan about how devastating this pandemic has been to them and their employees. Small businesses are engines of economic growth in Michigan – we need to do all we can to support them. This bill raises funding for 7(a) loans, minority-owned businesses and includes 100% loan guarantees for small businesses impacted by this pandemic. Small businesses in Michigan interested in applying for a 7(a) loan are encouraged to contact their lender, whether it is a community bank, credit union, or other financial institution, to inquire about applying for a 7(a) small business loan.
  • Additional Support for Health Care Providers. I pressed for this bill to include additional funding for hospitals – including rural hospitals – so that our health care providers have the financial resources and medical supplies needed to care for patients and keep themselves safe. This includes $100 billion in direct payments to hospitals and health care providers across the country, including in Michigan. This will help ensure that hospitals can make up for lost revenue, continue their operations and make payroll for the dedicated nurses, doctors and health care providers who are on the front lines of pandemic response efforts.

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: Michiganders who aren’t receiving a paycheck or have lost their jobs because of the Coronavirus pandemic shouldn’t have to worry about whether they can pay their bills or put food on the table.

I’m going to continue to work tirelessly to make sure workers, heath care professionals, families, and small businesses have the resources they need to weather this unprecedented emergency. My office continues to stand ready to help and provide you with reliable information to help you and your family stay up-to-date and safe. Please visit my website for more information.

To every nurse, doctor, and health care professional, thank you for all that you’re doing on the front lines to protect your fellow citizens during this pandemic. We each have a role to play in combatting this pandemic, and I’m going to keep fighting for the people of Michigan. Together, I know we can get through this, even stronger.

Thanks for reading,

Gary Peters
United States Senator for Michigan

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*Beware* Potential Scams from COVID-19

*Beware* Potential Scams from COVID-19

Scammers are taking advantage of fears surrounding the novel coronavirus, also known as COVID-19. Here’s what you need to know to protect yourself. 

  • Be aware that scammers may be spoofing (impersonating) numbers from local public health departments or other trusted sources so they appear legitimate on your caller ID. To verify the identity of a caller, hang up and look up the organization’s number to call them back.
  • Do not give your personal information to people on the phone or those who come to your door. Personal information includes your social security number, credit card number, or Medicare ID.
  • Ignore online offers for vaccinations. There currently are no vaccines, pills, potions, lotions, lozenges or other prescription or over-the-counter products available to treat or cure COVID-19 – online or in stores*.
  • Don’t click on links from sources you don’t know. They could download viruses onto your computer or device. Watch for emails claiming to be from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) or experts saying that they have information about the virus.
  • For the most up-to-date information about the Coronavirus, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the World Health Organization (WHO)
  • Do your homework when it comes to donations, whether through charities or crowdfunding sites. Don’t let anyone rush you into making a donation. If someone wants donations in cash, by gift card, or by wiring money, don’t do it.
  • If you think you’ve been scammed, call your local law enforcement to make a report.
MDOT Closing Livernois Rd under I-75 This Weekend

MDOT Closing Livernois Rd under I-75 This Weekend

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                         WEDNESDAY, MARCH 25, 2020


CONTACT: Rob Morosi, MDOT Office of Communications,


MDOT closing Livernois Road under I-75 this weekend

for bridge demolition in Oakland County


Fast facts:

– Starting Friday morning, crews will be demolishing the southbound I-75 bridge over Livernois Road.

– Livernois Road will reopen to traffic by 5 a.m. Monday, March 30.


March 25, 2020 — Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) contracting crews will be closing both directions of Livernois Road under I-75 for bridge demolition starting at 9 a.m. Friday, March 27. The closure is needed for demolishing the southbound I-75 bridge over Livernois Road. Currently, both directions of I-75 have two lanes open with all traffic using the northbound side of the freeway, separated by a temporary concrete barrier. This configuration will allow for the southbound lanes and bridges to be reconstructed this year. This weekend’s closure will not impact traffic on I-75.


The posted detour for northbound and southbound Livernois Road includes Big Beaver, Crooks and Maple roads. Both directions of Livernois Road will reopen by 5 a.m. Monday, March 30. Upon reopening, Livernois Road will have one lane open in each direction under I-75.


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Please Donate Equipment for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Please Donate Equipment for Healthcare Workers and First Responders

Coulter: Please donate equipment for healthcare workers and first responders

​Pontiac, Michigan – Personal protective equipment for healthcare workers and first responders remains in short supply because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Oakland County Executive David Coulter put out the call for donations in response to this shortage during a news conference today at the L. Brooks Patterson Executive Building.

Beginning Monday, Oakland County will accept donations of masks (all types), face shields, surgical gowns, surgical gloves, no-touch thermometers, and respirators at the Oakland County Farmers Market, 2350 Pontiac Lake Road in Waterford, Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.

“We need more equipment,” Coulter said. “If you or your business has this equipment and you’re not currently an essential business that needs to be open – maybe you’re a dentist’s office whose affected by the Governor’s order yesterday (Friday) or maybe you’re another kind of facility that has access to this equipment – we need it. I want to encourage you to contact our Emergency Operations Center.”

Oakland County will pick up any donated equipment on the list for those who are unable to drop off donations at the Farmers Market.

“Right now, our top priority is trying to obtain personal protective equipment for hospitals, for healthcare workers, for EMS and first responders. County Executive Coulter and the Board of Commissioners have provided us with great resources including funds needed but right now we can’t find or get these supplies.”

To contact the Emergency Operations Center to donate equipment, call 248-858-5300 or email For more information about the COVID-19 pandemic, go to




MHSAA NOW: The weekly newsletter of the Michigan High School Athletic Association


We all can use a few moments of distraction these days – and today’s NOW provides an uplifting basketball story from Onsted, some additional recognition for a first-time wrestling champion, the announcement of this year’s Charles E. Forsythe Award winner and the first of our series of #MHSAAMoments – reminders of what we will enjoy again when the time is right.

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Johnston Finds Home With Onsted Hoops

When Mary Kay LaFerney moved from California to Michigan, she had no idea the impact a group of freshmen and sophomore boys were going to have on her son. And she certainly didn’t know it would be because of basketball. But that’s what happened this past season for LaFerney and her son, Zachary Johnston, at Onsted High School in Lenawee County.

Clinton Joins Elite Group Of Mat Champs

Team wrestling has become the most difficult MHSAA sport for new contenders to break into the championship elite. From 2010-19, 10 schools combined to win the 40 Finals championships over four divisions. Divisions 2, 3 and 4 all saw a decade’s worth of titles split between just two teams.

‘Retired’ Garvey Remains Eager To Give

Last week, Mike Garvey told his wife she can’t let him quit all that he does to contribute to school sports across the state of Michigan, even if he is officially “retired.” But after 40 years serving in a variety of roles, he really doesn’t have plans to stop. And she wasn’t intending to make that request. “I married the best girl in the world,” Garvey said, “and she’s supportive and urges me to do the stuff that I enjoy.”

Moment: Jets Advance On Buzzer Beater

#MHSAAMoments: 2017 Class D Boys Basketball Semifinal

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Moment: Ludington Winner Unforgettable

#MHSAAMoments: 2017 Class B Boys Basketball Semifinal

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2019 Hoops Finals To Reair On FSD

With the suspension of the 2020 MHSAA Basketball Tournaments, FOX Sports Detroit will reair the championship games of the 2019 MHSAA Boys & Girls Basketball Tournaments, presented by Sparrow Health System.

NFHS Voice: Madness To Maddening

March Madness took on another meaning for everyone in the sports world during the week of March 9 – a week like none other in the history of organized sports with the acceleration of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in the United States. The Madness was not the bouncing of basketballs in arenas around the country.



Saturday, March 28

2019 Boys Basketball Finals
Division 4 · Southfield Christian 63, Frankfort 39, 10:00 a.m.
Division 1 · Ypsilanti Lincoln 64, Detroit U-D Jesuit 62, 12:00 p.m.
Division 3 · Pewamo-Westphalia 53, Iron Mountain 52, 4:30 p.m.
Division 2 · Hudsonville Unity Christian 58, River Rouge 55, 6:30 p.m.

Click here for a full varsity schedule of available student broadcast video streams.


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