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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.

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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

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 Energy

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

If any meaningful policy changes at the state level are to happen in 2016, they will likely come at the bookends of the Legislature’s session, observers say.

Published in Crystal Ball

Dangling the carrot of a $5 billion investment and 1,000 new jobs, a Nevada-based data center operator asked the Michigan Legislature to change state tax laws to be competitive with other states.

Published in Economic Development

ov. Rick Snyder is playing it safe while Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette is doing his job. That appears to be the consensus among business groups and conservatives in Michigan responding to the two elected officials’ disparate approaches to address President Obama’s Clean Power Plan.

Published in Energy

LANSING — As the governor and legislators struggle to agree on a plan to fund upgrades to Michigan’s aging road system, Rich Studley worries that failure to resolve the issue hurts the state’s reputation and business climate.

Published in Finance

Business groups in Lansing and West Michigan have a full legislative agenda this fall, with at least five topics they hope lawmakers will take action on and two ballot initiatives they hope Michigan voters will reject. While road funding and contentious ballot initiatives may be grabbing the most headlines, business groups also remain focused on fundamental issues involving third-grade reading and even how state agencies deal with unclaimed property.

Published in Economic Development

Organized labor groups have started collecting signatures for a plan that would increase the corporate income tax rate from 6 percent to 11 percent to raise $900 million a year for road funding. Business groups say hitting corporations with a tax hike will hurt Michigan’s competitiveness and ability to attract more jobs. Meanwhile, labor groups are also opposed to a separate petition drive seeking to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Supporters say prevailing wage increases construction costs on publicly funded projects.

Published in Small Business
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