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Detroit Daily Round-Up 12/20: Gov. Whitmer to sign $1.5B legislation, Detroit vaccination rates remain low and more

Ashanti Seabron

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(DETROIT, Mich.) Hello and welcome to this Monday's edition of the Detroit Daily Round-Up. I hope everyone enjoyed their weekend - let's kick off this Christmas week the right way!

Today is Monday, December 20, let's check out Detroit's biggest stories of the day.

Gov. Whitmer set to head to Detroit for $1B bill signing

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On Monday, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will be in Detroit to sign new legislation that will designate $1.5 billion towards economic development.

The legislation is intended to boost business investment in the state, and will enable the attraction of at least four "serious projects" including two auto industry investments.

During the signing, Gov. Whitmer will be joined by Detroit Mayor Mike Duggan and Wayne County Executive Warren Evans, and Republican leaders Jason Wentworth and Mike Shirkey. 

Detroit still falling behind in COVID-19 vaccination rates

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As the city of Detroit approaches the one-year anniversary of its initial distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, the city's vaccination rate stands at 44%, far below Michigan’s overall rate.

According to Denise Fair Razo, the city’s chief public health officer, Detroit’s rate needs to reach 70% to achieve community immunity.

"The vaccines are the best means we have of preventing severe illness," Fair Razo said "We need Detroiters to step up like they always do, because being unvaccinated has consequences for our entire community."

MI civil rights department: federal law violated by redistricting maps

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According to a new analysis by the Michigan Department of Civil Rights, redistricting maps for state voters, if passed, would break federal law, and could affect nearly every voter across the state.

The maps were originally five, but were changed to three in a state’s independent redistricting commission meeting at the beginning of the month.

Under federal law, the commission has to draw districts that don’t restrict voting power in majority-minority communities.

Winter solstice set to begin tomorrow

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The winter solstice, when we see the Earth most tilted away from the Sun, is set to begin tomorrow at 10:59 a.m.

Daylight hours will regress to 9 hours and 5 minutes, which is the fewest of the year.

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Your go-to news source for everything happening in Detroit. Ashanti Lee Seabron is a lifelong Michigander who's worked as a writer since 2013. He's committed to detailed and pertinent news for Metro Detroit.

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