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Senate approves MacDonald’s resolution supporting Michigan businesses

LANSING, Mich. — The state Senate on Tuesday unanimously approved Sen. Michael D. MacDonald’s resolution urging the state to prioritize Michigan businesses in its spending.

“The pandemic has had a devastating impact on Michigan’s locally owned businesses, and they are facing unprecedented economic challenges as they try to return to normal,” said MacDonald, R-Macomb Township. “The long-term vitality of our small businesses is critical to the economic recovery in Macomb County and throughout our state, and we can do something to help.

“My resolution encourages the state to use the opportunity we have to support our Michigan-based businesses by making them a priority with our historic federal funding.”

Senate Resolution 100 encourages the state to direct as many procurement dollars as possible to Michigan-based businesses.

It notes that thousands of Michigan businesses were not able to survive the crisis and were forced to permanently close and that failure to partner with these businesses within the procurement process at a higher rate will lead to more closures and lost jobs, hindering our economic recovery.

Copies of MacDonald’s resolution will be transmitted to the director of the Department of Technology, Management and Budget and the leaders of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce and Small Business Association of Michigan, and the Michigan state director of the National Federation of Independent Business.