Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Reveals $400 Million Back-to-Work Incentive Plan

DETROIT, May 12, 2021 ~ The Detroit Regional Chamber floated a new plan Monday to incentivize Michiganders to get back to work. The proposal details a plan to use $400 million in federal COVID-19 funds to get people vaccinated, and give $2,000 to as many as 100,000 people.

Employers would recieve $1,000 for each new or returning employee to use as a signing bonus, as well as $100 for each employee vaccinated in the future to offset paid time off to get the vaccine.

This is a different structure to a Republican-led plan pending in the House set to pay up to 400,000 unemployed Michiganders $1,000 to return to work.


May 12, 2021 ~ CEO of the Detroit Regional Chamber Sandy Baruah talks to Paul W. about his proposal to get Michigan residents back to work.

Building on your strong proposal, the chamber believes a bipartisan solution to accelerate employment growth, economic growth, support vaccine efforts, and replenish our (unemployment) fund is possible,” Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah said in a letter to the House and Senate budget committees.

Many industry groups say a return-to-work incentive would help businesses find needed workers, who can currently receive more than $650 a week in unemployment.

Also Thursday, the federal government announced Michigan’s state government will receive $6.5 billion in COVID-19 funding, nearly $900 million more than was originally expected.