With around one-quarter of Michigan’s workforce now on the unemployment rolls, small businesses feeling like they have no shot at survival and local units of government facing budget shortfalls, Southeast Michigan counties are seeking to double down on what they can do to slow the bleeding.
Both Oakland and Macomb counties rolled out new programs on Tuesday.
Coulter said at a news conference that he expects to be able start delivering funds to Oakland County municipalities by early June. The money will be able to go toward a variety of expenses, including public safety, staff overtime and the purchase of personal protection equipment such as face coverings and gloves.
As Crain’s has previously reported, one-out-of-seven small business owners in the state have already said they don’t believe they can survive the prolonged shutdown brought about by the pandemic, now nearly two months old with restrictions just beginning to be lifted.
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