Key Legislative Bills

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Key Bills

With the direction from the Board of Directors and input from Chamber members serving on policy committees, a legislative agenda is set to strengthen Michigan’s business climate.

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Oppose
Unconstitutional Expansion of Gaming

SB 396, SB 397, SB 398 and SB 399 will allow an unconstitutional expansion of casino gaming that disregards the established precedent set around a highly regulated and highly taxed industry. When Government regulates an industry to such a degree, specific and often difficult hurdles stand in the way of changing how these industries operate. Unless total deregulation of highly regulated industries occurs, all businesses must play by the established rules.

Support
Aggregate Mining Permit Reform

SB 429, SB 430 and SB 431 promote aggregate mining and reinforce private property rights in Michigan.

In response to activist local governments continuing to deny mining permits for baseless reasons, the Michigan Chamber and other business groups have worked with labor unions on this package that removes aggregate mining permit authority from local governments and place it in the hands of the state’s environmental protection agency, the Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE).

Support
Partnership Audit Reform

SB 248  will allow for a streamlined, predictable method for reporting changes in federal tax liability to state tax authorities where one does not currently exist.  This promotes tax compliance and efficiency.

The legislation is a part of a national effort to codify the Multistate Tax Commission’s (MTC) model statute (Model Uniform Statute and Regulation for Reporting Adjustments to Federal Taxable Income and Federal Partnership Audit Adjustments) in response to the federal centralized partnership audit regime enacted by Congress in 2015.

Oppose
Allow seasonal employees to collect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits during their off-season (currently disqualified)

HB 4339, SB 173 – Allow seasonal employees to collect unemployment insurance (UI) benefits during their off-season (currently disqualified).

Oppose
Allow Independent Contractors to Collect Unemployment

HB 4338, SB 172 – Allow Independent Contractors to Collect Unemployment.  This legislation would allow independent contractors to be eligible to collect state unemployment benefits during a state-declared emergency and replaces the IRS 20 Factor Test to an ABC test for determining if a worker is an independent contractor.

Oppose
Increase the Number of Individuals Eligible for Unemployment Benefits

HB 4337, SB 171 – Increase the Number of Individuals Eligible for Unemployment Benefits.  Drops the high quarter earnings eligibility requirement from $4,744 to $1,235.  Today, to be eligible for benefits you must, among other things, either have wages in at least two quarters in the base period totaling the amount set in statute.  This bill would have the net effect of allowing more claimants, particularly those with little or an unstable attachment to the job market, to collect UI benefits.

Oppose
Increase Unemployment Benefit Payout

HB 4334, SB 170 – Increase Unemployment Benefit Payout. This legislation would increase unemployment insurance (UI) benefit duration from a maximum of 20 weeks to 26 weeks, increases the dependent allowance from $6 per child to $20 per child and increases the number of acceptable dependents from fix to six under the unemployment insurance (UI) program.  The dependent allowance gives claimants an extra amount in their UI benefit checks based on the number of dependents they claim.

Oppose
Increase Unemployment Benefit Amount #

HB 4335, SB 169 – Increase Unemployment Benefit Amount. This legislation would increase unemployment insurance (UI) benefits from a maximum of $362 per week to $593 and to 58% of the state average weekly wage at the start of January 2022.

Oppose
Increase Unemployment Benefit Amount

HB 4336, SB 168 –  Increase Unemployment Benefit Amount.  This legislation would increase the weekly benefit unemployment insurance (UI) benefit amount to 6.1% of a worker’s highest quarter earnings.

Support
Promote More Favorable Treatment of Interest Expense Deductibility

SB 195: This legislation is in reaction to the Michigan Department of Treasury notice that limits a taxpayer’s ability to fully take advantage of the Internal Revenue Codes (IRC) section on interest expense deductibility.  To allow taxpayers to take full advantage of this federal tax provision for state purposes, the Michigan Chamber is looking to codify a more favorable interpretation of the law.

Support
Allowing for Immediate Expensing of Capital Expenditures

HB 4324:  This legislation would allow a business making a capital investment to expense the purchase in the year of acquisition.  By expensing 100% of an asset in one-year, taxable income will be reduced more favorably as opposed to having to expense the asset over a number of years.  The legislation also reduced compliance burdens for taxpayers because it aligns Michigan with federal depreciation methodologies.

Oppose
Eliminating the Student Assessments Two Years in a Row

HB 4310 and HB 4311:  This legislation would eliminate the requirement that k-12 students take the annual assessment designed to gauge how well students are mastering state standards.

Support
Eliminating the Tax on Personal Protection Equipment

HB 4224 and HB 4225:  This legislation exempts from sales and use tax the sale of personal protective equipment (PPE) and supplies to a person engaged in a business enterprise that has implemented a COVID-19 safety protocol plan.  The exemptions would be retroactive and apply beginning March 10, 2020, through December 31, 2021.

Support
Small Business Tax Cut

HB 4288: This legislation is expected to save businesses organized as s-corporations, partnerships, limited partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited liability companies almost $200 million in taxes per year.

Business types listed above, commonly referred to as “passthrough” businesses, will be able to fully deduct their state and local taxes (SALT) from their federal income under changes made in HB 4288 thereby, significantly reducing their federal tax liability.  Because the legislation shifts the tax away from an individual and to the business entity, taxpayers can get out from underneath the federal $10,000 cap on SALT deductions.

Oppose
Retroactive Workers’ Compensation Coverage Mandate for COVID Claims

SB 161 (Sen. McCann): Retroactive Workers’ Compensation Coverage Mandate for COVID Claims.  This legislation seeks to require workers’ compensation to cover all COVID-19 related medical claims for “essential workers” retroactive to March 10, 2020.  This mandate would apply regardless of whether the worker could prove he or she contracted COVID-19 in the workplace.

Oppose
Impose a Graduated Income Tax in Michigan

SJR C (Irwin):  This joint resolution would eliminate Michigan’s longstanding, fair, flat income tax and replace it with one with a graduated one.  A flat rate income tax is when with one tax rate applying to all incomes.  A graduated income tax rate, also called a progressive tax, is a tax structure that levies increasingly higher tax rates on higher-earning individuals or businesses. Essentially, under this kind of system: the more you make, the more you pay.

Oppose
Violate Michigan’s Constitutional Restrictions on Local Taxes Funding School Operations

SB 20 (Zorn):  The legislation would expand the allowable use of “Sinking Funds” to be used for the purchase of school busses.  Sinking Funds are a special pots of resources a school district can request from taxpayers to use for very limited, capital improvements to real property.  Sinking funds are funded by local property tax millages.

Support
HELP FOR STRUGGLING BUSINESSES

HB 4047 (Beson):  Help For Struggling Businesses.  This $3.5 billion appropriation bill includes several provisions aimed at providing much-needed and direct relief to Michigan businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 public health emergency.  The bill also includes appropriations for vaccines and to return kids to in-person learning.

Oppose
INCREASE UNEMPLOYMENT BENEFIT DURATION

SB 2 (Sen. Wojno):  Increase Unemployment Benefit Duration.  This legislation would increase the number of weeks an unemployed worker is eligible for state unemployment insurance (UI) benefits from 20 to 26.

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