LANSING, Mich. — Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey, R-Clarklake, on Wednesday announced the Senate is leading a business coalition of top advisers to address business needs as they deal with the economic impact of the coronavirus.
The coalition will be led by state Sen. Ken Horn.
“The business community, especially small businesses and those experiencing mandatory closures, will be feeling the negative effects of the coronavirus for many months to come,” said Horn, R-Frankenmuth. “In a crisis such as this, it is our job as elected leaders to do what we can to help those in serious need.
“Unemployment insurance expansion must be attainable, state business tax payments must be flexible, and rules and regulations must be addressed in a nimble fashion. Tough decisions have been made, and we recognize that both employers and employees are going to be affected in huge ways.”
The goal of the coalition is to organize an approach of immediate recovery needs and long-term sustainable changes for the next time Michigan faces a similar situation. Efforts are underway to recommend relief steps the state can take in the days ahead.
“During this unprecedented time, we know Michiganders are struggling with the interruption to their daily lives and the impact this outbreak has had on their families and co-workers,” Horn said. “With the actions that have been taken to help slow the spread of COVID-19 to help keep people healthy and safe, life is not business as usual.
“We are working hard to make sure people who may experience a temporary layoff or have to be home during this time have jobs to return to when this pandemic ends.”
As of March 18, the Michigan Department of Health and Human services reported 80 cases of coronavirus statewide.