Marquette, MI – December 21, 2020 – State Senator Ed McBroom wrapped up the year with a legislative update with a call to Mark & Walt in the Morning.
McBroom spoke about budget legislation headed to Governor Gretchen Whitmer for her signature including a pay boost for workers on the front lines of dealing with COVID-19; funding for vaccine distribution; and extending unemployment benefits.
McBroom added that there is also funding for small business survival grants to help owners affected by the shutdowns that have been in place throughout the pandemic.
He also talked about his legislation to rename the bridge on U.S. 2 that crosses the Escanaba River as the Senator Tom Casperson Memorial Bridge. Casperson recently passed after a battle with lung cancer.
The bill also renames a portion of M-35 in Forsyth Township as the Ben Lauren and Don Riling Memorial Highway.
Forsyth Township Fire Department Captain Benjamin Lauren of Gwinn died in the line of duty while fighting a structure fire on March 13th.
Don Riling was a professional firefighter with the U.S. Air Force and volunteer firefighter with the Forsyth Township Fire Department who died while fighting a house fire in the township on March 19, 1988.
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