Michigan small businesses, workers, families, educators need assistance now 

LANSING — As the number of COVID-19 cases in Michigan rise and hospitals begin to reach capacity across the state, House Democratic Leader Donna Lasinski, D-Scio Twp., renewed her call for the Legislature to appropriate all of the state’s available federal funding for vaccine deployment, contact tracing and the purchase of personal protective equipment (PPE).

“Michigan Republicans have left hundreds of millions in federal stimulus dollars in Washington, D.C. — money that could be helping our small businesses, workers, families, educators and public health professionals as COVID-19 cases rise yet again,” Lasinski said. “House Democrats have fought to bring home every penny of Michigan’s federal stimulus for well over 100 days, and yet here we are — the epicenter of the COVID-19 surge — and our precious taxpayer dollars are gathering dust in Washington, D.C. These are critical resources that could be supporting faster vaccine deployment, more contact tracing and the purchase of additional personal protective equipment. For Michigan to recover from this economic and public health crisis, we need to get as many shots in as many arms as possible. No more political games with recovery dollars: Let’s take a vote and get this done for the people of Michigan.”