In 2019, a total of 19 bills signed by Gov. Gretchen Whitmer will become law in 2020. There are 2 more pieces of legislation signed by former Gov. Rick Snyder in 2018, that will also have effective dates in 2020. Medicaid work requirements, minimum wage increases, the legalization of online gaming and sports betting, and auto insurance reform are some of the notable laws taking effect this year.
July 1, 2020 will see the state’s new auto insurance law taking effect that will significantly overhaul Michigan’s auto no-fault insurance policy. According to Moss & Colella, the Michigan Person Injury Lawyer team, there will be a major change in the personal injury protection coverage as it will allow the residents to change their level of personal injury protection, or PIP, coverage or opt-out all together if they’re senior citizens or have existing health insurance that covers auto-related injuries. Then there are other four levels of coverage available that give unlimited coverage, $500,000, $250,000 and a minimum $50,000 option for some Medicaid recipients. The amount of auto insurance savings will completely depend on the level of coverage drivers will choose to go with.
January 1st saw the state’s minimum wage jump from 20 cents to $9.65 while the tipped wage increased to $3.67. In 2018 GOP lawmakers had adopted and amended a citizen-led minimum wage ballot proposal which will affect the increase in the minimum wage to $12.05 by 2030. Also on the same date the new Medicaid work requirements kicked in for most able-bodied adults receiving healthcare benefits through the state’s Healthy Michigan Program.
Thus the beneficiaries, between the ages of 19 and 61, are now required to report per month for at least 80 hours of workforce engagement, such as working or job training. Affected residents have received notices in the mail from the Michigan Department of Health and Human Services.
Donald Trump has Announced to Sign the First Phase of Trade Deal with China
The tariff war between America and China is expected to end after Donald Trump’s tweet. The president has hinted to sign the first phase of a much-awaited trade deal. Donald Trump will sign the deal on 15th January to curb the trade tension between both the countries. The president tweeted on Tuesday and said that Chinese representative will visit the White House to attend the official ceremony. He would also travel to China to talk about the second phase of the deal.
The first phase of the deal was announced by both the countries on 13th December. This deal will allow the US to plan new tariffs of $160 billion on Chinese imported items. When the deal will be signed, China will also buy farming products from the US and will improve intellectual property protections. This deal contains 86 pages of agreement that has not been revealed yet.
Robert Lighthize is the trade representative from the US side. He will join his Chinese counterpart Liu He. Both will release the details of the deal publicly when President Donald Trump will sign it.
The current trade dispute between the US and China is also impacting other nations. The dispute arose when both the countries imposed unexpected tariffs on each other. The dispute is affecting the global trade market and business investment. During the trade war, the US imposed tariffs of about $360 billion on Chinese goods such as clothing, toys, and electronics. China had also reacted to the tariff imposed by the US and put its own tariffs of more than $110 billion on several US products.
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