Green co-sponsors resolution to strengthen Michigan’s economy

LANSING—In an effort to bring awareness to the importance of buying goods locally, Sen. Mike Green co-sponsored Senate Resolution 184, offered by Sen. Mike Kowall, R-White Lake, which was adopted by the Michigan Senate on Thursday.

“Buy Nearby is an excellent year-round campaign that was started by Michigan retailers to benefit local businesses and communities,” said Green, R-Mayville. “Retailers are responsible for nearly 850,000 jobs in Michigan and are a driving force in local economies.”

SR 184 recognizes Saturday, Oct. 4, 2014 as “Buy Nearby Get Caught Blue-Handed Day,” a celebration that takes place on the first Saturday in October to encourage shoppers to visit and buy from local stores. Michigan’s retail shops are also encouraged to run specials or promotions during this event. 

“If more of us buy locally, the state’s economy could potentially see 74,000 retail jobs created and $9 billion in additional economic activity that includes $2.5 billion in more wages for workers,” Green said. “I was happy to co-sponsor this resolution because of the importance of local small businesses to our state’s economy and comeback.”

The resolution was supported by the Michigan Retailers Association.