Today marks the fifth day since the Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) ran out of funding after Gary Peters and Senate Democrats blocked additional aid for the program earlier in the month. Last Friday, countless businesses across the country had to miss payday, leaving their employees and their families to struggle in the coming days.
One such Michigan business that is struggling to keep afloat is Metropolitan Furniture, a centuries old furniture retailer located in Allen Park, Michigan. The company’s owner, Alan Edelson, dipped into his personal savings to meet payroll. Edelson was depending on funding from the Paycheck Protection Program to meet the next round for payroll for his employees, without it he will have to instruct them to file for unemployment.
“Why is it that our Michigan employers are struggling to pay employees from their own pocketbooks, when Gary Peters continues to collect his taxpayer funded salary after he blocked critical funding for this program?” said Laura Cox, Michigan Republican Party Chairman. Cox continued, “Maybe instead of calling for more funding for the PPP on cable television, Peters should have fought to approve it in the first place. Yet the senator would rather put his party and partisan politics above the people of our state.”