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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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
Sunday, 04 August 2019 19:10

Biz groups express support, caution with Whitmer’s ‘Michigan Jobs First’ policy

Leading business groups support Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s latest attempt to boost the number of Michigan contractors on state projects, but hope the plan doesn’t ultimately deter small businesses from engaging in a “cumbersome” procurement process.

Published in Talent

Sunday, 23 June 2019 19:00

Chamber urges transparency as AG gears up for high-profile PFAS, opioid litigation

When tobacco companies settled claims with dozens of states in the late 1990s over the use of deceptive marketing tactics, trial lawyers took home billions of dollars in what remains a contentious example of lawyers’ fees for representing the government.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 June 2019 19:00

Michigan’s push to expand LGBTQ civil rights comes amid key federal lawsuits

State lawmakers are pushing once again to expand civil rights protections for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as key legal cases on the issue sit before the U.S. Supreme Court.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 15 February 2019 09:28

Business-backed environmental boards stand despite Whitmer executive order

The Republican-led state Legislature has rejected an executive order from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer that would have abolished a pair of controversial environmental review boards.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 27 January 2019 20:17

Push to reform state auto no-fault re-emerges in Lansing

Reforming Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance system remains a high priority in Lansing after a proposal during the 2018 lame-duck legislative failed to gain the support needed to pass. State House leaders this month, soon after convening the new legislative session, formed a special committee to look at no-fault reform, and the first bill introduced in the Senate offers a basic outline for reforms.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 January 2019 21:05

Law tying state rules to federal standard no big deal, biz groups say

Business and environmental groups were equally surprised at one of Rick Snyder’s final acts as Michigan governor: Signing a bill making it more difficult for state agencies to adopt rules stricter than federal regulations. But while environmental groups say the move jeopardizes natural resources and public health, business advocates downplay the concerns.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 23 December 2018 17:03

Crystal Ball 2019 Energy Outlook: Michigan’s 2019 energy future still firmly rooted in 2016

It’s been two years since the Legislature passed sweeping energy reform bills, yet the laws remain front and center for those working behind the scenes on energy policy.

Published in Energy

Sunday, 23 December 2018 14:47

Crystal Ball 2019 Outlook Q&A: Rich Studley, Michigan Chamber of Commerce

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce, with more than 6,000 members that collectively employ 1 million people, stands as one of the more influential advocacy organizations in Lansing. As Democratic Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer prepares to take office in January with a legislature remaining in control of the Republicans, Michigan Chamber CEO Rich Studley says it’s unfair to pre-judge her as a friend or foe of business. Although the new governor and her party historically have been on the other side of business issues from the Michigan Chamber, Studley believes “she has the potential to keep our state moving forward with a different view than the current administration.” 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 09 December 2018 16:45

Bills aim to clear confusion over solar panel taxation

Business and clean energy advocates are aligned in support of state legislation that clarifies the tax-exempt status of small-scale renewable energy systems.

Published in Energy
Friday, 30 November 2018 12:06

If Legislature weakens paid sick leave law, advocates threaten new petition drive

Backers of a law mandating paid sick leave in Michigan say they’ll launch a new petition drive to put the issue on the 2020 ballot if lawmakers weaken it during the lame-duck legislative session in Lansing.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 25 November 2018 21:45

Lame Duck Outlook: Biz groups closely watching paid sick leave, minimum wage bills

Bills to scale back new state laws mandating paid sick leave and increasing the minimum wage are top of mind for local and statewide business groups in this year’s legislative lame duck session.

Published in Economic Development
Friday, 26 October 2018 10:45

Study estimates marijuana as $1.4 billion industry for Michigan

Marijuana for recreational use by adults could become a $1.4 billion industry in Michigan in the years ahead.

Published in Finance
Friday, 20 July 2018 17:47

Biz groups oppose redistricting proposal

Major Michigan business groups say a statewide ballot initiative to change the way legislative districts are drawn is flawed and unnecessary, but supporters believe the plan would help achieve shared policy goals and restore public faith in politics. 

Published in Economic Development

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