Democratic gubernatorial candidate Woody Myers releases plan for small business recovery

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.– Former State Health Commissioner and Democratic candidate for Indiana Governor Dr. Woody Myers released his small business recovery plan Wednesday.

“Since the start of the pandemic I’ve proposed Indiana take a more aggressive approach to fighting the coronavirus,” Myers said. “I was the first to call for the closure of schools, an inventory of health resources, help for working families, and more testing. I’ve laid out my vision for making Indiana a leader in building a national medical supply chain so that health care professionals never face medical supply shortages again and we aren’t dependent on foreign suppliers.”

If elected, Myers says he would take the following actions:

  • Establish a state stimulus program to infuse more money into our small businesses, including those hard-hit minority-, women- veteran-, and disability-owned businesses for payroll, operational expenses, and working capital to help bail out our biggest job creators.
  • Form a Small Business Recovery Task Force to help get Hoosier businesses back up and running and to identify and remove legislative obstacles now in their way.
  • Create a robust Buy Indiana First campaign to encourage Hoosiers to buy from Indiana small businesses.
  • Establish an incentive program to support Hoosier manufacturers producing protective medical equipment for Indiana medical professionals and first-responders.
  • Delegate small business navigators to help small business owners, and in particular those in our minority communities, sort through loan and grant programs and apply for financial assistance.
  • Create a state subsidized meals program to make meals for Hoosier homebound seniors prepared by local restaurants and to the fullest extent possible using food grown by Hoosier farmers to support our restaurant industry, create jobs, and generate sales tax revenue for local governments, while also providing an important public service.
  • Exclude small businesses, with fewer than 100 employees, from obligations to pay higher unemployment insurance premium rates for at least one year.

“Preparing to reopen our economy should involve a plan to help small businesses and Hoosier workers recover,” Myers said. “This plan addresses that and more.

“Although Governor Holcomb acknowledges small businesses are our economic drivers, he’s done little if anything to help them survive social distancing measures and forced closures other than informing them they’re eligible for federal assistance.

Indiana Republican Party Press Secretary Holly Lawson issued this statement to FOX59:

“Governor Holcomb is leading – saving lives and helping our entire economy return to business – while Woody, as usual, is following far behind. Woody’s copy-and-paste small business ‘plan’ borrows heavily from what the governor is already implementing and fills the gaps with massive spending. This isn’t a good prescription for recovery.” 

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