On Tuesday, a Florida congressman threw his support behind U.S. Rep. Harley Rouda’s, D-Calif., “Helping Businesses Reopen Safely Act.”
U.S. Rep. Brian Mast, R-Fla., is backing Rouda’s proposal which offers small businesses, local governments and nonprofit organizations a tax credit of up to $25,000 for buying personal protective equipment and other supplies to help during the coronavirus pandemic.
“States and local governments have given shops and restaurants the green light for reopening — but have failed to provide businesses with the resources they need to open safely,” said Rouda. “This crucial legislation would help keep businesses open while protecting the public health of workers, customers, and communities. Small business owners should not be financially penalized for providing safe and clean service.”
“Small businesses in our community have been hit hard by the devastating impacts of coronavirus with many being forced to close their doors for months on end. As businesses begin the phased reopening process, we must do more to help them do so in a way that is safe for everyone without creating an additional financial burden,” said Mast. “This legislation will go a long way in helping small businesses reopen their doors and protect our public health in the process.”
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