Emily's MI Markets Initiative
Michigan farms can't solve every problem with U.S. and global supply chains.
But they can provide more relief and high-quality goods for Michigan families –
IF we make smart investments in our local farmers markets and their supply
chains now, BEFORE we're faced with another global crisis. #MIMarkets
Across Michigan, people including Emily and her family are struggling with rising prices while our incomes aren't keeping pace. Global supply chain disruptions and price-gouging from large corporations harm us all, and especially fixed-income retirees, low- and moderate-income families such as Emily's, and young folks trying to get started in their lives and careers.
Meanwhile, the next crisis we face as a state, nation and planet isn't a matter of IF, it's a matter of WHEN.
We need smart investments now to reduce prices for consumers, make Michigan-made products more available, and also to prepare us for what comes next.
Part of the Solution
County Commissioner Emily Stivers won't single-handedly solve this complex and serious problem as a state representative. But she will support anti-price-gouging measures such as those championed by Senator Elizabeth Warren; Governor Whitmer's proposed, immediate tax refunds to help struggling Michiganders with our current bills; and raising the minimum wage, other forms of compensation, and fixed incomes in coordination with our Unions.
And she is working on a new package of legislation, Emily's MI Markets Initiative, that will help us here at home with smart investments in Michigan farmers, farmers markets, and our local supply chains.
Details coming soon!
Please join County Commissioner Emily Stivers on a meet-and-greet tour of local Farmers Markets in the 75th House District, every weekend in June!
We'll have special guests and other local candidates, petitions supporting critical reproductive freedom and voting rights ballot initiatives, more info on Emily's MI Markets Initiative, yard signs, and more!
Download the schedule (pdf)
Our next events are:
Saturday, June 4, 9-11 AM
MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP FARMERS MARKET
Marketplace on the Green
1995 Central Park Drive in Okemos
Sunday, June 5, 10 AM - noon
EASTERN INGHAM FARMERS MARKET
Corner of North Putnam & High Streets in Williamston
County Commissioner Emily Stivers and her team are in the research and drafting stage for bills that will make up the MI Markets package. The concepts we're exploring include:
Covering slotting fees for fresh produce in grocery check out aisles
Providing incentives and start up costs to establish regular farmers markets in food deserts, particularly urban communities
Removing unnecessary barriers to stocking local goods in grocery stores (Cottage Food Industry laws)
Pushing the FDA to facilitate rigorous but expedited, efficient approval of local goods and certification of local producers
Exempting farmers markets from state sales taxes to reduce prices
Providing direct subsidies or tax breaks for farmers who sell at farmers markets, contingent upon lowering prices for consumers
Funding and administering grants for local governments towards sponsoring and promoting farmers markets, and access to best practices, FAQs and other resources for starting and running successful markets
Establishing regulations to ensure goods at farmers markets ARE locally-produced rather than leftovers of imported products from retailers
Offering tax breaks and incentives for malls to host indoor farmers markets in the off season
Easing local supply chains through loans and grants to farmers for cold storage vehicles and other infrastructure enabling them to move goods more easily and efficiently