FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 19, 2021
Maddy McDaniel, Communications Director
[email protected] or 914-471-7716
CONSENSUS GROWS IN MICHIGAN: GO BIG WITH STATE AND LOCAL AID IN COVID PACKAGE
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, President Joe Biden will travel to Michigan to make the case for the American Rescue Plan to Michigan residents, 60% of whom support going big on Covid relief, including aid for state and local governments.
“Michigan communities have been hit hard by the coronavirus crisis, and they are counting on Congress to deliver significant, robust economic relief,” said Maddy McDaniel, communications director at Invest in America Action. “Essential workers in Michigan are fighting day and night to combat the virus. In order to support them, they need the funding in the American Rescue Plan to help safely reopen schools, keep frontline workers and first responders on the job, and boost vaccine distribution to get shots in arms.”
The American Rescue Plan includes $350 billion in aid for state and local governments — money that is urgently needed to keep essential workers on the job, get people vaccinated, and help schools reopen safely.
Here’s what inaction means for Michigan families, workers, entrepreneurs, and community members:
Michigan’s economy will continue to fall behind. In just 10 months, Michigan saw an employment deficit of 11.2%.
Michiganders making the least have suffered the most, facing an employment deficit of 23%.
The 53,550 state and local government employees who lost their jobs between February and December of 2020 will continue to struggle. Without federal aid, more essential workers will continue to lose their livelihoods, hindering contact tracing, vaccine distribution, and school reopenings.
Since emergency paid sick leave provisions expired at the end of last year, Michiganders will be forced to choose between putting food on the table and risking the health and safety of themselves and their families.