What matters to Michigan

"The Michigan Chamber’s 2023-2024 legislative priorities reflect the issues that matter most to our members – the job providers and innovators from all 83 counties who power our economy and help bolster our state’s communities and families," said Jim Holcomb, Michigan Chamber president & CEO. "We work directly with our members to identify the challenges they face, the opportunities they can harness and the ways we can ensure economic prosperity to build a stronger Michigan for all."

The Michigan Chamber’s 2023-2024 legislative priorities are crafted with the guidance and input from hundreds of Policy Committee and Board of Directors member businesses of every size and industry from across the state. Our team is committed to delivering powerful advocacy, pragmatic problem solving, meaningful collaboration, and being the most influential voice for business at the State Capitol.


Key Legislative Priorities

Our lobbying efforts are currently focused on a number of key issues that impact the success of Michigan businesses.

Education & Workforce Readiness

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.

Employer Rights

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.

Energy & Environment

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.

Health Care

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.

Tax Climate

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.