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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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
Sunday, 27 November 2016 15:40

Energy bills head to lame-duck showdown; House Republicans, biz groups split

LANSING — Sweeping energy policy reform that has taken nearly two years to move through the state Legislature could face a contentious debate during the remaining days of the post-election lame duck session.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 02 October 2016 14:05

Pot-ential Boon? Michigan lawmakers take major step to legitimize marijuana industry

Eight years after voters approved the use of medical marijuana, Michigan lawmakers have agreed to a regulatory framework for the commercial growing and selling of marijuana to qualified patients.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 21 August 2016 14:28

The Trump Effect? Tight West Michigan House races may swing against business-backed candidates

At least two Republican-controlled state House seats in West Michigan are expected to be competitive in the Nov. 8 election as Democrats set lofty goals to retake a majority in the lower chamber.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 07 August 2016 12:53

Dollars and Sense? Municipalities wrestle with disconnect between state revenue sharing and the economy

As Michigan’s private sector continues to expand, municipal executives remain concerned that the state’s local units of government have limited options to share in that growth.  

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 26 June 2016 10:46

Unfinished Business: A look at what’s next for Michigan lawmakers in 2016

Earlier this month, the state Legislature adjourned for most of the summer so lawmakers can focus on constituent issues in their home districts, as well as this year’s election. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:20

For business groups, outlook is grim on proposed energy reform

Even though a pair of sweeping energy reform bills advanced in the state Senate late last month, key business groups stood opposed to the plans. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:41

‘Fairer Approach’ — Biz-backed tax study finds companies pay fair share

State revenue from taxes paid by small businesses more than doubled as Michigan’s economy improved coming out of the Great Recession and as the overall business tax burden in the state declined.

Published in Finance
Sunday, 29 May 2016 11:03

With corporate income tax comes volatility for Michigan, economists say

In 2009, Michigan State University economist Charles Ballard met with then-gubernatorial candidate Rick Snyder to discuss tax policy at an Applebee’s off I-96 near Okemos.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 06 March 2016 15:05

Health care groups prioritize insurance claims assessments, funding issues

Medicaid and funding issues dominate the health care agenda in 2016 for advocacy groups in Lansing.

Published in Health Care
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:59

Energy policy: ‘Always the bridesmaid, but never the bride’

State lawmakers remain focused on passing energy policy this year that preserves Michigan’s limited electric choice market and abandons renewable energy standards in favor of comprehensive planning requirements.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 06 March 2016 14:51

Business groups balance priorities with need to solve Flint, DPS problems

As the state grapples with the Flint water crisis and a long-term funding solution for Detroit Public Schools, business advocates hope lawmakers will still be able to tackle policies that keep health care costs down, add transparency and help companies attract talent. 

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 07 February 2016 23:44

Switch’s love affair with Michigan started with reliable, renewable energy

While a competitive tax structure was important, Las Vegas-based Switch Communications Group LLC had a different prerequisite before even considering opening a cloud-based data center in Michigan: reliable, renewable energy. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 24 January 2016 22:05

Business group welcomes changes to ‘insidious’ unclaimed property process

Business advocates in Michigan are applauding the Legislature and Gov. Rick Snyder over changes made late last year to the state’s abandoned and unclaimed property process.

Published in Finance
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