MacDonald supports funding to fight coronavirus, restore more of governor’s cuts

LANSING, Mich. — The Michigan Senate on Thursday sent the governor a $371 million budget supplemental to improve the health and well-being of Macomb families and restore more of her fiscal year 2020 vetoes and transfers, said Sen. Michael D. MacDonald, who supported the bill.

“This bill will support health and emergency care in Macomb County — with vital resources heading to local hospitals and to provide lifesaving LUCAS Chest Compression Systems to the Sterling Heights Fire Department,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township.

The $16,000-per-unit devices automatically perform cardiopulmonary resuscitation, freeing firefighters from having to switch every two minutes during resuscitation.

The $200,000 for the devices is included in Senate Bill 151, which restores the governor’s cuts to support hospitals, people with disabilities, job training, veterans and more.

The bill authorizes up to $75 million in new funding to fight coronavirus (COVID-19) and features $5 million to help combat shoreline erosion due to historically high water levels.

“This critical funding will ensure we’re doing everything we can to help state and local health officials combat and respond to the coronavirus outbreak,” MacDonald said. “As your senator, I’m dedicated to helping improve the lives of the people of Macomb County, and I was also proud to fight for a grant in this supplemental budget for a green space initiative in Sterling Heights that would benefit area families for years to come.”

SB 151 now heads to the governor to be signed.