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MIRS provides comprehensive news and analysis of state government delivered in written reports detailing the activities of the House, Senate, Judicial and Executive branches of Michigan state government.

Michigan News And Capitol Report, Week Ending Fri., Nov. 20, 2020

Daily COVID Case Number Explodes To Nearly 10,000

Michigan's number of daily new COVID-19 cases exploded to a never-before-seen high number of 9,779, according to numbers released Friday by the Department of Health and Human Services. This equates to the number of new cases Michigan reported for the entire month of June and the first eight days of July combined.

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Michigan Law Is Clear -- State Board Of Canvassers Must Certify

The Board of State Canvassers has no real choice but to certify the election results on Nov. 23, election attorneys, a former prosecutor and a former governor each told reporters in conference calls Friday.

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State Payroll Still Down 400,000 Jobs; October Unemployment At 5.5%

For October, the Michigan seasonally adjusted unemployment rate was 5.5%, according to data released Wednesday by the Department of Technology, Management and Budget. The October rate marked the lowest unemployment rate since the pandemic began in March.

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Flint Water Settlement Grows To $641.2M

The initial $600 million settlement reached in August in the Flint water crisis civil lawsuits has grown to $641.2 million after the city, McLaren Regional Medical Center, and an engineering firm joined the state.

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