U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow visiting U.P.

MARQUETTE — U.S. Senator Debbie Stabenow is making a two–day trip across the Upper Peninsula. Today she met with businesses owners in Escanaba, Perkins, and Marquette.

Senator Stabenow says she has been a strong advocate for small businesses, cutting taxes and increasing access to capital for entrepreneurs to help them expand and create jobs. The focus of the visit was to hear from manufacturers like Beth Millner Jewelry on Washington Street in Marquette.

“She’s taking her own designs, her own creativity,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, “and then also with it, ion sustainability and being able to recycle and do this in an environmentally safe way. To be able to put those things together and develop beautiful jewelry.”

As a senior member of the Finance committee Stabenow says she helped extend important tax cuts for manufacturers, startups, and other small businesses. This includes introducing the Small Business Access to Capital Act of 2015.

“I fought really hard to get initial funding for Northern Initiatives and other rural development efforts so that capital would be available for small businesses,” said Senator Debbie Stabenow, “so to be able to come in and actually see that folks are creating businesses and expanding businesses it’s really exciting for me.”

Stabenow recently introduced the Timber Innovation Act which helps accelerate research and development to drive a new market for forest products. On her tour the Senator also visited Delta Manufacturing, Cretens Brothers Furniture, The Flying Moose, Revisions Design Studio, and Donckers.