State Rep. Greg Markkanen today highlighted a new state grant program that can provide relief to U.P. business owners who have been negatively impacted by the pandemic.
Markkanen voted to advance a bipartisan plan to create a $409 million grant program for businesses that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Property taxes, unemployment insurance taxes, license and inspection fees and impacted sales are factored into grant totals. The plan became law last December.
“Despite lower COVID case numbers compared to the rest of the state, businesses in the U.P. were impacted severely and many were unable to generate any revenue,” said Markkanen, of Hancock. “Despite not being able to operate by state order, they were still expected to pay taxes and fees to the state. This grant program works to set that right and that is why I fought for it in the Legislature.”
The application for the program will be open until March 31. Local business owners can visit michigan.gov/abr to learn more and apply.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen on Tuesday joined colleagues in the Michigan House to overwhelmingly advance measures that improve the child welfare system, promote adoption and shore up areas where the adoption and foster care system is falling short.
State Rep. Greg Markkanen recently voted to advance a budget proposal paving the way for needed tax relief for people throughout the U.P. while committing resources to schools, roads, workforce development and other crucial services.
Rep. Markkanen says as the House version of the state’s 2023 Fiscal Year budget heads to the Michigan Senate, he is pleased to see a focus on paying down the state’s long term debt, as well as on tax relief.