Senator Mike Braun met with local business leaders at the Rochester Learning Center February 18, for a roundtable discussion about how the COVID19 Pandemic has effected businesses in Fulton County.
Pike Lumber Co Production Manager Chris Herrell, addressed concerns about the 'Growing Climate Solution Act,' recently introduced by Senator Braun. The bill proposes providing federal support to reduce GHG emissions from agriculture and forestry sectors through carbon markets. Herrell wondered how it would affect the licensed foresters.
Senator Braun acknowledged Brad Hinkle, President of Rochester Metal Products Corporation, with his concerns about tariffs and the cost squeeze they have put on the company recently.
Local business owner Jim Straeter expressed concerns about upcoming stimulus checks and who they would be helping.
Senator Braun addressed the importance of staying safe during the pandemic but also keeping the economy up and running as we continue life in the 'new normal.'