Chamber News & Blog

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

Last week, the State House took its first steps to finally end the ineffective $50 million film subsidy that is funding out-of-state Hollywood producers at the expense of Michigan taxpayers and Michigan jobs....

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

The debate over whether to increase the Health Insurance Claims (HICA) Tax will begin this week before the House Department of Community Health Appropriations Subcommittee.  The Michigan Chamber will be testifying before the Subcommittee in opposition to the Governor’s proposal to...

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

The Michigan Senate Finance Committee moved Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) that would eliminate the “pay-to-play” requirement for taxpayers who would like to enter the Michigan...

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

Great news! The Michigan Senate Finance Committee will be taking testimony on Tuesday, March 10 regarding bills to stop Michigan Treasury from its continued illegal assessment of software accessed as a service over the internet (sometimes referred to as the “cloud”.)...

March 9, 2015
Article type: Blog

Last week, volunteer Chamber members alerted us to a recent miscommunication from the State Tax Commission that may be causing some Personal Property Tax exemptions to be wrongfully denied. If you filed for a small business personal property exemption,...

March 4, 2015
Article type: Blog

Federal and state laws provide protection to creditors and employees, but impose significant expense and risk upon employers even for minor or unintentional errors. Don’t assume most garnishments are small and present little risk; some garnishments can be remarkably large.

In the past few...

March 3, 2015
Article type: Blog

When you use information in a background screening report to deny (or possibly deny) employment, you must follow Adverse Action Procedures (AAP) outlined within federal law in the Fair Credit Reporting Act sections §603(k)(1)(B)(ii) and FCRA §615. The AAP is in place so applicants who...

March 2, 2015
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding Proposal 1:

“Over the past two months, the Michigan Chamber has gathered information from a wide range of sources and actively sought...

March 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg) would eliminate Michigan’s unfair requirement that taxpayers must pre-pay disputed state tax assessments if they want to access the Michigan Court...

March 1, 2015
Article type: Blog

Reform of Michigan’s Unclaimed Property Act (UPA) – and the way in which this obscure law is administered – has long been a focus of the Michigan Chamber. Compliance with the UPA is a significant hidden cost of doing business and Chamber members particularly dislike the state’s...