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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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
Sunday, 13 May 2018 19:00

Biz groups push for more involvement in state’s environmental rule-making

Citing onerous and biased rule-making functions at the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce has long sought to reform the agency’s regulatory process.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:12

State legislation to add work requirements to Medicaid

Business advocates in Lansing say legislation to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients could offer a boost to the labor pool in Michigan during times of low unemployment.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 15 April 2018 20:20

Tapped out: Osceola County projects shed light on commercial, industrial groundwater use

About 70 miles north of Grand Rapids, water conservation groups continue to put pressure on a pair of developments that would withdraw hundreds of gallons of groundwater per minute.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:18

2018 policy outlook: Tapping into Michigan’s talent and controlling unfunded liabilities

Business and local government advocates aren’t always aligned on policy issues, but both groups say 2018 will require concerted efforts to attract and retain talent in Michigan.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 24 December 2017 15:17

2018 energy outlook: Putting laws into action and eliminating barriers to clean energy

year ago, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a pair of comprehensive, bipartisan energy bills that expanded the state’s clean energy standards and charted a new course for how various utility programs are overseen by state regulators.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 10 December 2017 12:31

Under the gun: Experts urge employers to prepare for active shooter situations

Many employers adopt emergency preparedness plans and train employees how to react in crisis situations like a building fire or when the company faces an imminent threat of severe weather.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 17 September 2017 19:00

Anxiety and uncertainty: Fallout from Trump administration’s plan to rescind DACA

West Michigan educators and at least one business group say the Trump administration’s plan to rescind the Deferred Action of Childhood Arrivals program already is leading to anxiety and uncertainty.

Published in Economic Development

Friday, 14 April 2017 10:52

Michigan Chamber of Commerce executive joins Snyder administration

A veteran executive from the Michigan Chamber of Commerce will join the administration of Gov. Rick Snyder.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 22 January 2017 11:05

2017 Legislature sets early course to repeal state income tax

Michigan Republicans are taking swift action at the start of this year’s legislative session to gradually phase out Michigan’s income tax.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 25 December 2016 20:10

2017 Legislative Outlook: Lansing weighs options to control unfunded liabilities

The Legislature’s 2016 lame-duck session was marked by both bipartisan agreement on tough policy issues as well as contentious attempts to solve ongoing state problems that nonetheless split along party lines.

Published in Economic Development

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