Lansing, MI — President Trump granted a request by Governor Whitmer to extend the use of Michigan National Guard forces for COVID-19 response through December 31, 2020. This Title 32 authority allows Guard members to receive federal pay and benefits until its expiration.
Whitmer said the Michigan National Guard has been a “crucial part of our emergency response, from conducting testing and screening, distributing personal protective equipment, and assisting at food banks across the state.”
Title 32 has been funded at 100% as a federal expense, but Trump imposed a 25% state cost share from August 21st to December 31, 2020. States who use Title 32 will have to fund the other 25% of the cost of the National Guard from their state budgets.
Reporting for WGRT – Jessie Wiegand