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Displaying items tagged: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Sunday, 09 October 2022 19:18

The SOAR Fund takes flight to secure large competitive projects

Creating the Strategic Outreach and Attraction Reserve Fund gave Michigan a new tool to lure major economic development projects that business advocates say has quickly altered the national perception about the state.

Wednesday, 20 July 2022 11:31

Biz groups ‘stunned’ by adopt-and-amend ruling; warn of restaurant and lodging closures

Statewide business advocacy groups are raising alarms over a Tuesday court ruling that determined state lawmakers in 2018 illegally watered down ballot initiatives that would have strengthened the state’s minimum wage and paid sick leave requirements.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 14 July 2022 18:47

Statewide tax cuts still on the table as Whitmer, lawmakers negotiate

Statewide tax cuts remain on the table for later this year despite a recent budget deal between Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and lawmakers for the state’s coming fiscal year that keeps present tax rates.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 16 January 2022 18:00

Biz groups quiet on economic implications of abortion restrictions

The longstanding U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Roe v. Wade, which has protected abortion access before fetal viability for 49 years, is set to be directly challenged this year. 

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 13 January 2022 17:41

Biz groups welcome halt to ‘sweeping and disruptive’ federal vaccine mandate for large employers

Business advocates hailed Thursday’s U.S. Supreme Court ruling that halted President Joe Biden’s vaccine mandate for larger employers.

Published in Health Care

Thursday, 09 December 2021 17:53

Legislature moves quickly to advance economic development incentive programs

LANSING — The Michigan Senate today passed a trio of bills that would create new state funds to support major corporate economic development projects in the state.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 21 November 2021 18:10

Bill would allow tax credit on investments in Michigan-based businesses

Individuals investing in Michigan-based businesses could seek a credit on the state’s income tax under legislation proposed in Lansing.

Published in Finance
Wednesday, 18 August 2021 15:24

Biz groups call on Congress to pass $1.2T infrastructure bill, stop ‘playing politics’

Representatives from local, statewide and national chambers of commerce are calling on congressional lawmakers to pass a $1.2 trillion infrastructure bill they say is critical to support local growth and talent attraction.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:00

GOP lawmakers push corporate income tax cut, tax credits for businesses

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would reduce Michigan’s corporate income tax rate by 20 percent and create tax credits for businesses that lost at least a quarter of their revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 May 2021 17:55

Biz, labor groups spar over state’s ‘permanent’ COVID-19 workplace rules

While Michigan is making progress to vaccinate the vast majority of residents against COVID-19, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s administration wants to put in place long-term workplace safeguards in case the virus still maintains a presence here.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 04 May 2021 13:39

Major utilities seek negotiations on rooftop solar bill

Michigan’s two major investor-owned utilities want to negotiate with state legislators and advocates on a proposed bill that would expand access to the companies’ rooftop solar programs.

Published in Energy

Thursday, 25 March 2021 15:14

Business coalition says health care legislation will drive up costs for employers, do ‘more harm than good’

A coalition of Michigan business groups is urging state senators to reject legislation that they claim will drive up the cost of health coverage for small employers.

Published in Health Care
Tuesday, 29 December 2020 13:52

Whitmer signs $106M COVID-19 relief bill, including grants to small businesses, venues

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed legislation that provides $106 million in COVID-19 relief that includes grants for small businesses and entertainment venues that have been closed or had operations limited by state orders.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 December 2020 17:30

Clean energy, Line 5, electric choice on Michigan’s energy docket in 2021

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer signed an executive order in late September creating a long-term climate change plan calling for the state to be carbon neutral by 2050.

Published in Energy

Friday, 18 December 2020 10:06

Business groups urge Whitmer to sign property tax forgiveness bill

Business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to sign legislation that would forgive fines, late fees and interest on unpaid summer 2020 property tax bills.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 22 October 2020 13:30

Whitmer signs surprise medical billing, employer liability bills into law

LANSING — Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has signed a series of bipartisan bills that include providing pandemic liability protections to employers and curtailing surprise medical billing in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 14 October 2020 12:09

State lawmakers pass COVID-19 liability protections for employers

LANSING — State lawmakers passed legislation early Wednesday morning that would grant liability protections to employers during the COVD-19 pandemic.

Published in Economic Development

Thursday, 17 September 2020 11:37

Bills would exempt PPE purchases from sales, use tax for employers

Employers could buy pandemic-related personal protection equipment without having to pay state sales or use taxes under proposed statewide legislation.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 21 August 2020 10:50

Business groups urge Whitmer to allow more reopenings

Four business groups are urging Gov. Gretchen Whitmer to consider allowing more facilities including gyms, fitness centers, movie theaters and bowling alleys to reopen.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 23 June 2020 13:27

‘Reeling’ from COVID, Great Lakes biz group joins call for immediate Line 5 shut down

A coalition of businesses supporting the Line 5 pipeline’s closure in the Straits of Mackinac is backing Attorney General Dana Nessel’s effort to do just that after “significant damage” to the line was disclosed late last week.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 20 March 2020 13:40

Graduated income tax campaign asks GOP leaders for online signature-gathering

Organizers behind the campaign for a statewide graduated income tax have called on top GOP lawmakers to consider allowing online signature gathering because of restrictions imposed by the coronavirus to protect public health.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 March 2020 13:16

Links for guidance and advice for employers coping with the coronavirus pandemic

Business organizations are offering plenty of advice and information to employers about the coronavirus pandemic and how to manage through the crisis.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 15 March 2020 19:30

Michigan Chamber prepares for ‘war’ over graduated income tax proposal

As progressive political advocates seek lower state income tax rates for most Michigan residents while higher earners pay more for infrastructure needs, the state’s leading business group is bracing for a highly contentious political campaign.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 02 February 2020 17:15

Legislation to limit non-competes for certain low-wage jobs draws concern from biz groups

Backers of legislation that would bar employers in Michigan from requiring certain employees to sign a non-compete agreement say they simply want the free market to work.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 22 December 2019 12:27

Policy Outlook: Gerrymandering effort gives way to more state government reforms

After securing a victory over partisan gerrymandering in the 2018 election, organizers behind the grassroots group Voters Not Politicians have their sights set on several more state government reforms in 2020.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 08 December 2019 19:05

Toll roads in Michigan? Lawmakers and interest groups want a closer look

Consensus is building in Lansing over studying the potential for toll roads as a future transportation funding source, but whether Michigan will join the nearly three-dozen states in doing so remains unclear.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 03 November 2019 12:22

Whitmer expected to sign bills that clarify solar energy tax exemptions

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer supports a package of bills recently approved by the state Legislature that clarifies tax exemptions for small-scale solar energy projects.

Published in Energy
Sunday, 01 September 2019 11:53

Lawmaker cites benefits of issuing licenses to undocumented immigrants

State Sen. Stephanie Chang says granting state driver’s licenses for undocumented immigrants is as much of an issue of economics and public health as it is about immigration.

Published in Economic Development
Tuesday, 20 August 2019 13:58

Michigan business groups to lawmakers: Fix the roads

A coalition of business groups today urged state lawmakers to finally come up with a way to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Published in Economic Development

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