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 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.
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.