Michigan’s Attorney General, Dana Nessel has said “there will be changes” in how law enforcement will respond to protests, after demonstrators brandishing weapons were seen trying to enter legislative chambers and the governor’s office in the State’s Capital Building. The attorney general’s office has said they’re prepared to prosecute actions that are unlawful if the protest comes to the same tone as Apr. 30.
Thousands of State of Michigan employees will be required to take two unpaid days off each pay period as the State Government tries to balance its budget in response to the COVID-19 efforts. State employees will be able to receive partial pay for those days through Michigan’s unemployment system.
The Michigan Labor Department has said that 92% of eligible unemployment filers have been paid. The immense backlog of unemployment applications initially made filing for unemployment incredibly difficult for many people. Throughout the first month of the Coronavirus Pandemic, State unemployment workers struggling to keep up with the applications.
A report published by the United States Federal Reserve has made the argument that the Coronavirus Pandemic is widening the income gap between the highest earners in the country and the majority of Americans. According to the report, 40% of households earning less than $40,000 have someone who lost their job since February of this year.
Michigan has reported a total of 48,391 cases of COVID-19. The state of Michigan also has seen 4,714 deaths related to COVID-19 complications. Wayne County reports 115 new cases of COVID-19. The total number of COVID-19 cases for Wayne County is 18,519.