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Michigan lawmakers approve extension of unemployment benefits, new nursing home rules

LANSING — Michigan lawmakers worked until the wee hours Wednesday morning, waiting as legislative leaders and the administration of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer debated behind closed doors on how best to help millions of workers and small businesses struggling due to the financial strain brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. 

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Leaders from the House and Senate met off and on for more than 16 hours on Tuesday and Wednesday with representatives from Whitmer’s administration to discuss the measures. After midnight early on Wednesday, lawmakers formalized agreements to extend unemployment benefits, outline new safety measures for nursing homes and create new legal protections for health care providers and other businesses.



a group of people sitting at a table: Speaker of the House Lee Chatfield, R-Levering, and Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, as they talk to reporters Thursday, January 30, 2020 about Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's State of the State speech.


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Rebecca Regnier: COVID-19 inspires new ideas for homes – News – Monroe News – Monroe, Michigan

“An informal survey of my friends reveals the need for more than one office space,” Rebecca says about the work from home situation.

Has 2020 changed the way you look at your home?

A lot of people are rethinking the space they have and how to use it.

An informal survey of my friends reveals the need for more than one office space. A rethinking of “open concept.” Because now having a space to close off and soundproof walls so you can Zoom call quietly is making a lot of wish lists.

There’s always a desire for bigger kitchens, but these days it’s because we’re always in them. There’s also thought going into creative ways to use outdoor spaces during colder months.

And the need for better connectivity for school, work, and entertainment has become a need, not a want.

Experts, too, are pondering the way 2020 will impact the

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Clean energy bills would provide new type of loans for Michigan homeowners

LANSING — Bills to expand clean energy loans in Michigan could see changes to beef up consumer protections. Bipartisan legislation recently before a state House committee would extend Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loans to residential property owners.

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“There’s such savings to be had out there,” said bill sponsor, Rep. Rebekah Warren, D-Ann Arbor. “And this tool, it’s just a great one for communities to have in their toolbox.”

But some groups are divided on whether the bills go far enough to protect the people they are aimed at helping. Mainly, low income residents.

Local governments would be able to provide financing to residents to adopt property assessment programs and create districts to promote the use of renewable energy systems and other energy efficient improvements and environmental projects. The loans would then be repaid, and include a lien on the owner’s property. Communities would have to opt in

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Michigan Homeowners: Small Kitchen Remodel Ideas

This post is sponsored and contributed by a Patch Brand Partner. The views expressed in this post are the author’s own.

Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips.
Turn your small kitchen into the favorite room in the house with these easy design tips. (Shutterstock)

Are you unhappy with the function and style of your small kitchen? You’re not alone. Many Michigan homeowners are ready to turn their small kitchen area into a more functional family space. The good news is that even if you’re working with a small budget or have renovation restrictions, there are easy and smart ways to remodel your small kitchen and transform it into a beautiful space.

Use these six tips to update small kitchens and make them more functional:

1. Update Appliances

Updating appliances can make a big difference in the design of your kitchen. A popular choice for kitchen makeovers is stainless steel and energy-efficient appliances to create a

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