US MP Lisa Blunt Rochester visited small business owner and farmer Marie Mayor of Lavender Fields at Warrington Manor in Milton on June 9 to discuss increasing paid sick leave to strengthen the workforce.
Blunt Rochester began her visit to Lavender Fields with a stop at the gift shop. There she met various residents of Maryland and Delaware.
On her tour of the fields, Rochester inquired about Mayor’s small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Mayor mentioned how Lavender Fields has been working to expand its online presence, from 10 customers a week to 10 customers a day.
Mayor said Lavender Fields recently became a trademark of the Paycheck Protection Program. The Paycheck Protection Program offers Small Business Administration-backed loans to help companies keep their employees busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mayor mentioned that the PPP was helpful in keeping business going.
Rochester spoke to the Mayor about the many women who left work due to problems with access to childcare and transportation during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Security Act, and the American Rescue Plan help provide economic support to American workers, families, small businesses, and industries. Rochester stressed the importance of supporting businesses, especially during the pandemic. She also mentioned the importance of President Biden’s American Families Plan, which provides immediate relief to families and communities, and the American Jobs Plan, which is an investment that creates jobs.
When asked about the country’s priorities, Rochester replied that investing in infrastructure and childcare was crucial. The congresswoman previously visited the Beach Babies childcare center, where she discussed childcare challenges for low-income families with President and Owner Sean Toner. It has invested $ 108 million in childcare, but Rochester said it was just the tip of the iceberg for people’s needs. She stressed the importance of taking in people’s voices and translating their thoughts into laws.
Government intervention was particularly common among people during the pandemic, Rochester said. Democrats and Republicans came together during this period to address people’s needs. She found that most people do not recognize the role of government in their daily life. From driving the streets to law enforcement to paying taxes, the government is heavily represented in the daily lives of Americans.
Rochester ended her visit to Lavender Fields in the common room called the Drying Barn, named for its use to hang lavender to dry.