Langhorne businesswoman presents COVID-19 economic recovery plan
My name is Lauren Lareau, and I am a small business owner in Langhorne running to be our representative in the Pennsylvania legislature.
The current leadership’s inaction on the COVID-19 pandemic has left a devastating personal and economic impact on our community.
Here’s what we need to do.
First and foremost, we need to get the virus under control with testing, contact tracing, and ample PPE available to all workers, especially frontline workers.
We also must make sure that anybody can receive no-cost testing when they need it, regardless of symptoms.
The science is clear that asymptomatic transmission is a major cause of COVID-19 spread.
Once we effectively stop the spread of the virus and consumers feel safe returning to public spaces, we can turn our attention to restoring the economy.
Small businesses have always been the cornerstone of our economy and the main contributor to sustainable, local jobs.
Unfortunately, they’re also the most impacted by the COVID-19 shutdowns and social distancing/PPE requirements.
That’s why the first step we need to take is to assist these small businesses through PPE and payroll grants so they can protect both the health and financial security of their workers.
Another great way to grow jobs is through rebuilding our neglected and crumbling infrastructure.
Rebuilding our infrastructure with renewable energy in mind will create jobs, bolster our economy, and rebuild the tax base that has been demolished by the federal government’s failure to contain the pandemic.
In the last 12 years, I’ve put myself through graduate school and started a successful business right here in Langhorne, all against the odds of being a single mom.
I also volunteer at the food pantry, the Lower Bucks Addiction Task Force, and Middletown’s Environmental Advisory Council. We can’t wait any longer; we need someone who is ready to tackle it head-on.
PHOTO CAP: Lauren Lareau is running against a 12-year incumbent