Chamber News & Blog

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has been contacted by MIOSHA about proposed changes to the workplace blood levels for lead. MIOSHA plans to initiate a process to modify the occupational lead standards for general industry and construction this summer and is soliciting feedback from the Michigan...

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

Those who trade in an old car or recreation vehicle for a new one will pay less sales tax under four bills being taken up in the House Tax Policy Committee and supported by the Michigan Chamber. Michigan is only one of a few states that does not recognize the value of a trade-in when...

June 5, 2017
Article type: News

Last week, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley announced his intention to place a Constitutional amendment on the 2018 ballot to make Michigan’s Legislature part-time. The Michigan Chamber has begun to evaluate the content of the proposal but has not yet taken a formal position.

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June 2, 2017
Article type: Blog

To you, their salaries are just a line item in the budget. To your employees, they're much more.

Your employees are your business, so ignore the following truths at your peril: ...

June 1, 2017
Article type: Blog

Earlier this year a federal jury awarded 66-year-old Robert Braden a whopping $51.1 million in damages against his former employer Lockheed Martin Corporation. Mr. Braden was not a high-level executive; instead, he was a mid-level manager who had been employed by Lockheed Martin for 28 years. He...

May 31, 2017
Article type: News

We have some good news we'd like to share with you. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the most effective lobbying organization in Lansing by MIRS/EPIC-MRA. This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association...

May 26, 2017
Article type: News

Job providers that missed the deadline to file for a personal property tax exemption in 2017 will get a second bite at the apple under legislation supported...

May 26, 2017
Article type: News

The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) continues to battle with the EPA over what Michigan's wetlands law should include or exclude to comply with federal wetlands laws and rules. Without resolution, Michigan could lose its federally-delegated authority to administer...

May 26, 2017
Article type: News

Legislation to reform the Michigan Tax Tribunal was taken hostage in the House Tax Committee last week when a hostile amendment was adopted by the committee. The amendment was a blatant slap in the face to a taxpayer’s right to appeal their property taxes in a fair manner and without...

May 26, 2017
Article type: News

President Trump’s federal budget proposal calls for up to six weeks of paid leave for employees after the birth or adoption of a child. The Michigan Chamber is opposed to this proposal because it would be funded entirely by states’ 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance...