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Displaying items by tag: Michigan Chamber of Commerce

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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