Photo courtesy Rep. Jon Hoadley
Photo courtesy Rep. Jon Hoadley

A Michigan mom is struggling with not one but two businesses failing during the coronavirus. State Rep. Jon Hoadley is calling on President Trump and Congress to help families like hers out.

MICHIGAN — One in seven Michigan businesses are not confident they will survive the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession, reports Crain’s Business. And Katie Carls runs one of them. 

“My sister and I own a residential and commercial cleaning company, Marvelous Maids,” Carls told The ’Gander. “We have been in business for the last 9 years. We typically employ 6 other girls … We went from full-time work to losing almost every job we had over the course of 48 hours.”

Carls’ family is an entrepreneurial one. She also helps her father’s family business, which sells semi trailers. That business has also been hobbled by the coronavirus. Refrigerator trailers, she explained, make up a large portion of the business’ sales. With most restaurants, events, and festivals struggling or closed during the pandemic, the demand for those trailers has plummeted. 

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With not one but two struggling businesses, Carls has sought unemployment once it opened to 1099 workers in April. 

“This is the first time in my life I have ever received unemployment benefits,” she said, “I have no prospects of our business returning to normal anytime soon, at all.”

Carls is a single mother of two and takes care of an immunocompromised mother, so seeking other employment in the meantime is challenging. Child care is hard to find, and the risks of either her or her children bringing the virus home to endanger her mother are real. 

Their story represents that of many Michigan families feeling the pinch from the White House. State Representatives like Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo)  believe the key to recovery is more federal support. 

“While our road to recovery for public health continues to be uncertain, as we see inaction coming out of the federal government, we also know that our road to economic recovery is bumpy at best,” he said. 

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Hoadley spoke to reporters about the economic situation facing Michiganders. Hoadley connected the situation that Michiganders like Carls face to the larger inaction and mismanagement from the Trump Administration. Additionally, as The ’Gander reported, measures that strengthen unemployment are temporary and starting to expire. 

At the end of July, an additional $600 per week in unemployment that Michiganders count on will expire. It’s unlikely that boost will be extended, as national Republicans have called it a mistake.

“When we see Congressional Republicans continually choose to not act on investing in small businesses and our state and local governments, and the types of contracts that would actually help regular Americans, people who want to work hard for a living and through no fault of their own have lost their jobs, when we see them be inactive on those critical programs, it begs the question, who are they working for in Washington, D.C.?” asked Hoadley. 

“We will get through this crisis, but it means that we need to put those partisan games aside in D.C. and actually put relief on the table for American workers.”

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That relief is needed. Carls is already struggling with her mortgage and bills. Losing the $600 weekly boost to her unemployment has her worried. 

“If you’re the praying type, we will gladly take them. Or good vibes. Anything,” said Carls. “It’s a shitty position to be in. We busted our butts to build our business into what it was, and we were proud to be able to take care of our families. To have it all decimated and be in a constant state of anxiety over what comes next has been hard.”