“The Michigan Chamber represents approximately 5,000 job providers throughout the state who employ over one million residents, noted Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Chamber members are strongly committed to moving Michigan forward by advancing this agenda to grow Michigan’s economy and strengthen our economic competitiveness.”
“The Chamber’s 2019-2020 legislative priorities reflect our commitment to delivering powerful advocacy and being the leading voice for business at the State Capitol,” Studley added.
Key Legislative Priorities
Our lobbying efforts are currently focused on a number of key issues that impact the success of Michigan businesses.
Michigan is experiencing a prolonged shortage of talent. Across our state, employers are struggling to find skilled workers to fill critical jobs and grow their businesses. Michigan must rethink our approach to K-12 education to ensure today’s students have the skills needed to move Michigan forward.
For Michigan to be a leader in job creation and economic growth, our state’s employment laws must be fair, practical and affordable. Michigan job providers need the flexibility to operate their businesses – and attract and retain good and talented employees – without intrusive government mandates, regulations and restrictions.
We must remain focused on the goal of making Michigan an ideal place to do business. Energy costs will always be a primary driver for business decisions, which is why ensuring Michigan has access to competitively priced oil, natural gas, and electricity is essential to continued economic growth.
Rising health care costs continue to be a significant financial threat to Michigan’s businesses. Policymakers should avoid implementing costly state and federal health insurance mandates and other plan design restrictions and instead focus on implementing market-friendly, consumer-driven reforms that will enable job providers and individuals to purchase affordable coverage in the private health insurance marketplace.
Michigan’s economic competitiveness and the health and safety of citizens depends on elected leaders working together to implement effective strategies to construct and maintain safe, reliable and affordable infrastructure. The time for campaign rhetoric and lofty promises has long since passed; we must demand less talk and more action. Michigan’s current band-aid approach to fixing the roads is exacerbating safety hazards and increasing repair costs
Michigan has long been considered a leader in the national legal reform movement and must continue to work proactively to strengthen and improve the state’s legal climate. Commonsense reforms should be pursued to lower Michigan’s highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums and protect job providers against frivolous lawsuits and excessive legal bills.
Michigan job providers contribute substantially to state and local government; paying just under $14 billion a year in state and local taxes, according to a recent report compiled by the Anderson Economic Group. Michigan has also made significant improvements to its business tax environment and must continue to do so to stay economically competitive for jobs and investment. Protecting and building on past reforms will continue to promote Michigan’s strengthening fiscal health.