Chamber News & Blog

February 22, 2016
Article type: Blog

In fewer than 5 years, the makeup of your organization will be dramatically different. What is this shift? And, more importantly, is your organization ready for this change?

Currently, members of “Generation Z”, individuals born between 1990 and 2000, represent only 7% of the U.S....

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

As part of the Governor’s 2016-2017 Executive Budget recommendation, the Administration called for the repeal of an insurance tax credit that serves to spread the costs associated with providing healthcare benefits to those injured by an automobile when no other insurance is available...

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

President Obama’s proposed 2017 budget would increase employers’ unemployment insurance (UI) taxes by nearly $63 billion and, from there, put UI taxes on auto-pilot for annual increases. The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to this proposal and will be fighting this massive tax...

February 22, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber is advocating for passage of federal legislation to ensure small business owners can offer Health Reimbursement Arrangements (HRAs) to employees in order to help them pay premiums and/or other out-of-pocket costs associated with medical care and services.

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February 17, 2016
Article type: Blog

University of Michigan researchers today released the final version of a report analyzing policy options for the state of Michigan regarding high-volume hydraulic fracturing, the natural gas and oil extraction process commonly known as fracking.

The final report of the U-M Hydraulic...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) mailed a batch of noncompliance determinations to employers in January, notifying them that they would be charged for claims for which they do not provide “adequate or timely” information to the UIA in the calendar year. Employers should...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation to allow a limited expansion of locally-approved sinking funds for school security improvements and technology equipment has been introduced by State Rep. Mike McCready (R-Birmingham). The idea originated last session in the wake of a number of shooting tragedies as a way...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Good news! In his proposed budget for Michigan's 2016-2017 fiscal year, Governor Snyder is asking lawmakers for a 75 percent increase in funding for skilled trades training and technical education. This includes a proposed doubling of the $10 million trades program that partially...

February 16, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation moved forward in the State House last week to require Michigan’s State Superintendent to issue waivers to schools wishing to implement to a year-round school calendar. 

Current law requires Michigan schools to start after Labor Day. This legislation will...

February 16, 2016
Article type: Blog

Michigan is well-positioned to attract global customers as a manufacturing leader and innovator. Global trade is a key component of the state’s economy, representing hundreds of thousands of jobs. Ninety-five percent of consumers are located outside the U.S. so the ability to grow and compete...