Monday, March 30, 2020

Department Headquarters Closed Until April 14


Legionnaires,

Due to Governor Whitmer's Executive Order 2020-21 effective at mid-night tonight the department headquarters will be closed until April 14.

We will have some access remotely via email and phones. Ron and myself for sure have our phones available. Ron is at extension 114 and Mark at 116, if you have questions, just call the office number 517-371-4720.

I have created a website called michiganlegion.org/coronavirus and will be placing updates there as they come up.

Stay home, stay safe, and call your buddies.

Sincerely,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director

Sunday, March 29, 2020

Friday, March 27, 2020

American Legion Posts-The CARES ACT was signed. Is there help for Posts?




Dear District and Post Leadership,

DISCLAIMER: This information is being provided as-is; each American Legion Post is different in scope and operation. We are not making a determination about who might qualify for assistance. Call, email, or write your accountant or local Small Business Administration office for specific information and assistance.

President Trump has signed the $2 Trillion CARES ACT today. This ACT is the third phase of Coronavirus Relief for the American Public and Corporations

Is there help for American Legion Posts in Michigan who have buildings, businesses, and employees?

The answer is maybe.

Governor Whitmer requested that Michigan be designated as an economic disaster state and according to news reports that have been approved. That is a different designation than the one she asked for on Thursday, March 26. 

The economic disaster designation allows small businesses to apply for a low-interest loan or a grant from the Small Business Administration.

The SBA has a website with the application to print here: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/PaperForms

The SBA also provides an online application: https://disasterloan.sba.gov/ela/Information/ApplyOnline

Veteran Service Organizations 501 (c) 19's were placed in the bill the President signed.
The process for any benefits in the CARES Act has not been determined yet.

What would the Department recommend? 
1.      Download and print the disaster loan applications and instructions for the SBA 5, SBA 159D, SBA Form 1368, SBA Form 413D, IRS Form 4506-T, SBA Form 2202, and EIDL Supporting Information (P-019).
2.      Read all the instructions carefully.
3.      Call your local Small Business Administration Office: https://sbdcmichigan.org/small-business-covid19/
4.      Talk to a certified public accountant or your tax preparer.

The CARES Act has programs if a Post has employees, but there are stipulations on those programs.

If you have any questions we encourage you to visit sbdcmichigan.org and speak to a small business specialist.
Sincerely,

Mark Sutton
Public Relations Director
The American Legion Department of Michigan
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Tuesday, March 24, 2020

The Power of Social Distancing

Please continue to take the following basic measures to prevent the spread of the virus:
If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick. If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.

Please be safe!!!


Jeff Haeseker
1st District Commander 
American Legion  






Saturday, March 21, 2020

NEWS RELEASE: Treasury: Michiganders Unemployed due to COVID-19 Eligible for Collections Assistance


Individuals Encouraged to Contact Treasury for Immediate Assistance

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For Immediate Release
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Please Note: This news release is being sent in partnership
with the State of Michigan's Joint Information Center. 
March 20, 2020
Contact: Ron Leix, Treasury, 517-335-2167

Treasury: Michiganders Unemployed
due to COVID-19 Eligible
for Collections Assistance

Individuals Encouraged to Contact Treasury for Immediate Assistance

LANSING, Mich. – With the COVID-19 pandemic affecting the state's workforce, the Michigan Department of Treasury is offering collections assistance to newly unemployed Michiganders currently paying on past-due state tax debts or other state debts.
Effective immediately, individuals who have been laid off or had their place of employment closed due to COVID-19 should reach out to see what options are available. To receive assistance, individuals are encouraged to contact Treasury's Collections Service Center at 517-636-5265.
"Our first and foremost priority is the health and safety of Michiganders," State Treasurer Rachael Eubanks said. "If you are currently unemployed or are facing other hardships due to the COVID-19 emergency and are paying on a state tax debt, please contact us so we can work with you during this difficult situation."
To learn more about Michigan's taxes and the collections process, go to www.michigan.gov/taxes or follow the state Treasury Department on Twitter at @MITreasury.
Information around this outbreak is changing rapidly. The latest information is available at Michigan.gov/Coronavirus and CDC.gov/Coronavirus.

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State Commander
Department of Michigan

PROUD TO BE A VETERAN
PROUD TO BE A LEGIONNAIRE
PROUD TO BE A SON
PROUD TO BE A RIDER

Kindness costs not a dime but is worth millions.


Thursday, March 19, 2020

UPDATE: Governor Whitmer COVID-19 Daily Update March 19, 2020




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Below is an update on the 2019 Coronavirus outbreak as of 6:00 PM on 3/18/2020                        

UPDATE 

  • Governor Whitmer, Chief Medical Executive Dr. Khaldun and Michigan State Police Director Colonel Gasper spoke about the state's ongoing response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  
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  • Yesterday, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-14, extending the deadline for Michigan residents to pay back taxes and avoid foreclosure on their property during the ongoing coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.  

"This executive order will give families struggling to make ends meet real and immediate relief from the pressure of having their home foreclosed on while trying to focus on the health and safety of their loved ones," Governor Whitmer said. "This order is the latest in a series of steps to protect the public, slow the spread of COVID-19 and give families comfort during these uncertain times." 

  • Additionally, Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-15 to order a temporarily change to the Open Meetings Act to allow public bodies to conduct their meetings electronically, while also facilitating public participation, until April 15, 2020 at 11:59PM.  
"We are taking every measure we can to mitigate the spread of coronavirus and protect Michigan families, but recognize that public bodies still have an obligation to conduct business as usual," Whitmer said. "During this crisis, we must ensure that public officials can do their job to meet the needs of residents, while also ensuring that meetings remain open, accessible and transparent to the public."   
  • Yesterday morning, Governor Whitmer stopped by the Red Cross to donate blood. In light of the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19) they are in need of people who are able to donate blood.  

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  • If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19, call your health care provider. If you do not have a health care provider, call the nearest hospital.     
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If not available, use hand sanitizer.       
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth with unwashed hands.       
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or upper sleeve when coughing or sneezing.       
  • Avoid contact with people who are sick.       
  • If you are sick, stay home, and avoid contact with others.     
  • Stay at least 6 feet away from others when in a public setting.     

HAPPENING ACROSS STATE GOVERNMENT 
  • The Department of Health and Human Services has announced several platforms and services to help Michiganders understand and have their questions answered regarding COVID-19. Each of these are great resources to stay informed. MDHHS_Twitter
    https://twitter.com/MichiganHHS/status/1240338531068841984

  • The Michigan Department of Treasury announced yesterday that  effective immediately, small businesses scheduled to make their tax payments on March 20 can postpone filing and payment requirements until April 20. The state Treasury Department will waive all penalties and interest for 30 days. 
    "The past week has been hard for small businesses owners across the state as we work to mitigate the spread of coronavirus," Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said. "Allowing them more time to pay their monthly tax payments will help us provide some much-needed assistance. I will continue doing everything I can to ensure our small businesses have the support they need during this time. We will get through this together."
    • Michigan Economic Development Corporation's Pure Michigan Business Connect program is now offering a free, online procurement platform to assist suppliers of critical health and human services across a broad range of categories access critical supplies and products as they respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The platform will make virtual introductions between vetted businesses within the state providing supplies including food, medical devices, paper products, cleaning equipment and more. 
    "This virtual matchmaking platform builds on the significant success of PMBC in providing supply chain sourcing solutions by supporting critical COVID-19 response efforts, as well as creating opportunities for small and medium-sized Michigan businesses," said MEDC CEO Mark Burton. "This is part of a comprehensive effort to ensure that every possible resource is made available to service providers, businesses, communities, entrepreneurs and others in the face of economic hardships resulting from coronavirus."    
    • Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced that beginning at 3 p.m yesterday, it closed its lobbies to visits from the public, except for customers with appointments. These changes will remain effective as long as necessary for the health and safety of the public. 

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State Commander
Department of Michigan

PROUD TO BE A VETERAN
PROUD TO BE A LEGIONNAIRE
PROUD TO BE A SON
PROUD TO BE A RIDER

Kindness costs not a dime but is worth millions.