Michigan Chamber Releases Preliminary Membership Survey Results on Restarting Michigan’s Economy

LANSING, Mich., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Michigan Chamber released preliminary results of a survey sent to chamber members across the state on Wednesday, April 8.

The Michigan Chamber represents approximately 5,000 job providers, who employ more than one million residents in the 83 counties. The Michigan Chamber survey was intended to provide timely and useful information from job providers to the legislature and administration about the impact of the current public health emergency on the economic health of our state.

“Members of the House have always said they support safety first, but also believe that our workforce cannot be sidelined indefinitely without causing long-term damage to our economy” , said Jim Holcombfirst executive vice-president.

Here are the answers to three questions we asked ourselves:

Q: What do you need to restart or bring back employees?
70.5% said For the “Stay Home, Stay Safe” Executive Order to be lifted.

Q: Are you in favor of a phased approach to restarting economic activities? For example, should low-risk industries be able to restart faster than high-risk industries?
69% said Yes
9% said Nope

Q: If the “Stay at home” The order must be extended beyond April 30do you think it should apply statewide or should it be based on hotspots/high-risk geographic regions?
57% said It should be geographically based/limited to high risk regions of the state
21% said This should apply statewide

“The state government must protect both public health and jobs. If the state Stay at home order must be extended, we urge Governor Whitmer to allow all employers who can safely operate to reopen. The state government must act now for our citizens and businesses,” Studley said.

The Michigan chamber is a statewide trade organization that represents approximately 5,000 local employers, trade associations and chambers of commerce. The Chamber represents businesses of all sizes and types in all 83 counties of the state. It was established in 1959 to advocate for Michigan job providers in the legislative, political, and legal process. www.michamber.com

THE SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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