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For the state to be an attractive and competitive place to do business, Michigan labor law must be fair and affordable. To this end, governmental involvement and regulations should be reduced to give employers the flexibility they need to manage their workplace and address their employees' needs.
Protecting Michigan's energy future is a top priority of the Michigan Chamber. We support the current regulatory framework to allow oil and gas exploration in our state associated with shale resources and hydraulic fracturing. Safe natural gas in Michigan means more jobs and energy independence for our state. It also means lower energy bills for homeowners.
Rising health care costs have become a significant financial threat to Michigan's businesses. Policymakers should work to repeal and limit costly state and federal health insurance mandates and instead focus on market-friendly, consumer-driven reforms that will enable employers and individuals to purchase affordable coverage in the private health insurance marketplace.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports the preservation of Michigan's no-fault automobile insurance law, including the prompt payment of benefits in exchange for strict limitations on the right to sue an at-fault party for non-economic damages (i.e., pain and suffering). Specifically, we support legislation to address insurance fraud and the over utilization of benefits.
Michigan is making significant improvement in its business tax environment. However, to truly transform Michigan, we must fully eliminate the burdensome business personal property tax and aggressively enact a multitude of reforms to the administration of our tax code.
Better roads drive better jobs. Unfortunately, the condition of Michigan's roads presents a challenge to workers, employers and policymakers seeking to support Michigan's economic development. State and local investment in roads and transportation must be increased by at least $1.6 billion per year to keep our state moving forward. The time to act is now.
For more information on Michigan labor law, health policy, or any other of these topics, please contact the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in Lansing, MI.