Gov. Whitmer asks Pres. Trump to fully fund Mich. National Guard

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LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer is asking President Donald Trump to fully fund the Michigan National Guard during their COVID-19 response through December 31.

Gov. Whitmer sent a letter to the president asking for full funding in Michigan.

Last week, the president made the decision to federally fund Guard activities at only 75% in every state except Florida,  Texas, Arizona, Connecticut, and California.

“The president’s decision to grant full federal funding would directly impact our state’s ability to re-engage our economy while continuing to keep our communities, seniors, and vulnerable populations safe,”  said Gov. Whitmer in a news release.

Last week, President Trump authorized the use of Michigan National Guard forces for COVID-19 response through December 31, 2020.

Guard members receive federal pay and benefits and had been funded at 100 percent federal expense, the President has imposed a 25 percent state cost share for the state of Michigan from August 21 to December 31, 2020.   

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