March 2020 Edition
On Point Policy...
2020 Census

The Bay Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce urge you to fill out the 2020 Census on Wednesday, April 1.

Facts about the Census:
  • Michigan could lose up to $1,800 per person per year of federal funding to support programs that use Census data. 
  • Michigan stands to lose a Congressional seat.
  • The census is confidential, answers will not be shared with ICE, police, IRS, landlords or CPS. 
  • It's mandated by the U.S. Constitution in Article 1, Section 2: The U.S. has counted its population every 10 years since 1790.
STATE GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Due to COVID-19, the Legislature is on a break from session until Governor Whitmer lifts the "Stay Home, Stay Safe" order and deems it safe Michigan residents to gather in groups.

Refer to the Bay Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce websites for state government updates regarding Coronavirus response and aid.
FEDERAL ´╗┐GOVERNMENT UPDATES
Families First C oronavirus Response Act

On March 18, 2020, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act was  signed  into law.

Click here to view a summary of key provisions of the Families First Act, which addresses paid sick leave, insurance coverage of Coronavirus testing, nutrition assistance, and unemployment benefits.
Coronavirus Stimulus Package (CARES)

Today, March 27, the U.S. House passed the bipartisan stimulus package. The package will now move to President Trump's desk to be signed into law, he indicated he plans to move fast in the interest of Americans. Included in the stimulus package is  $562 million  for the Small Business Administration to provide Economic Injury Disaster Loans to businesses for payroll and overhead. 

Click here for the legislative analysis from the Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition.
On behalf of our members, the Bay Area and Saginaw County Chambers of Commerce will continue to monitor public policy that impacts our region, our communities and most importantly--your business!
Any questions or concerns contact Director of Government Affairs Madison Clements: madison@thesaginawbay.com