Chamber News & Blog

December 4, 2017
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A 16-bill package aimed at reigning in massive municipal unfunded pension and benefit liabilities was introduced in the both the State House and Senate last week. The Michigan Chamber supports this effort to make sure local governments do everything they can to shore up their...

November 20, 2017
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A group hoping to legalize the recreational use of marijuana announced their plans to submit the required signatures to get the question on the 2018 ballot.

The Coalition to Regulate Marijuana Like Alcohol (CRMLA) says it had collected 360,000 signatures for the...

November 20, 2017
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As noted in previous editions of Capitol Report, we have seen a significant increase in issues regarding sales/use tax liability on installers or contractors. Under audit, Treasury has been assessing use tax on companies who are only installing items for which the sales tax...

November 13, 2017
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Last week, the Michigan House unanimously passed a seven-bill package supported by the Michigan Chamber to address key issues facing Michigan’s 100-percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) program.  While the legislation has many components, it works to address the...

November 13, 2017
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Several Chamber-backed tax bills have advanced through the legislative process in recent weeks. Following is a rundown is key tax bills on the move:

Dental Prosthetics (SBs 566-7 and HBs 5164, 5173): Originally only a two-bill package, legislation to...

November 6, 2017
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We are pleased to report that Gov. Snyder has signed House Bill 4999 (Verheulen, R-Walker), which will ensure no local unit of government in Michigan can enact a tax on food or beverages. The Michigan Chamber played a key role in advancing this legislation, from introduction to final passage in...

November 2, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement to express its disappointment with 63 of the 110 members of the Michigan House who turned their backs on Michigan drivers today and voted ‘no’ on reforms to the state’s broken and costly auto insurance system.

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November 1, 2017
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Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner for Deloitte, has been elected Chair of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors starting in January 2018.

As Board chair, Mr. Davidoff will lead the State Chamber’s 84-member board that establishes Michigan Chamber...

October 26, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued a statement warning lawmakers not to be fooled by phony auto insurance reform proposals being supported by ambulance-chasing personal injury attorneys and hospitals that profit from the status quo. 

“Opponents of the real, cost-saving reforms...

October 23, 2017
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Last week, legislation was introduced that would impose a 5-cent-per-gallon excise tax on water bottlers. Not only would such a tax increase the cost of doing business in Michigan, it would also turn longstanding property rights policy on its head.  

Under...

October 23, 2017
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For years, the unemployment insurance agency (UIA) has been plagued with problems. From wrongly accusing over 40,000 individuals of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud to the growing problem of identity theft claims to a compromise of their database this past winter, no one can deny the...

October 23, 2017
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The House Workforce and Talent Committee is set to consider legislation later this week aimed at filling Michigan’s talent gap and opening pathways to Career and Technical Education (CTE) students. The Chamber is pledging its support for the package of bills. 

The...

October 23, 2017
Article type: News

For years, the unemployment insurance agency (UIA) has been plagued with problems. From wrongly accusing over 40,000 individuals of unemployment insurance (UI) fraud to the growing problem of identity theft claims to a compromise of their database this past winter, no one can deny the...

October 23, 2017
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Many lawmakers in Lansing are looking to take the easy way out on cost-saving auto insurance reform and we need your help in pushing this issue over the edge. 

Although lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree that Michigan has the highest-in-the-nation auto...

October 23, 2017
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The Supreme Court, last week, denied Menards’ request to have the Court review the Menards v City of Escanaba decision. This case has become the poster child for the battle between local governments and businesses regarding how to fairly assess the value of real property....

October 16, 2017
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Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle agree on one thing: Michigan has the highest-in-the-nation auto insurance premiums and something must be done to drive down rates. The problem? Finding consensus on a solution that can garner the necessary 55 votes to pass a bill out of the...

October 16, 2017
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Many Michigan businesses are well aware of the Andrie, Inc. V. Department of Treasury case that really muddied the waters on how taxpayers claim an exemption from Use Tax because the Sales Tax was already paid. It has been over three years since the Supreme Court reversed the...

October 16, 2017
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Several pieces of tax policy have been moving through the legislative process. Following is a brief rundown of Chamber-supported tax bills that are currently on the move: 

Food Tax Preemption – Legislation (...

October 16, 2017
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The countdown is on. Congress has less than 76 days to repeal or suspend the Health Insurance Tax (HIT), a $267 billion+ sales tax on health insurance. The Michigan Chamber is warning about the consequences of inaction: premium increases for businesses of all sizes and types,...

October 16, 2017
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The 2011 reforms to Michigan’s workers’ compensation system continues to pay dividends for employers. Last week, the Michigan Workers’ Compensation Agency announced that the pure premium advisory rate for work comp insurance will decrease by 9.3 percent for 2018. 

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October 8, 2017
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Far too often, taxpayers are forced to endure unnecessary hardship just to comply with state taxes. The Michigan Chamber supports HB 4976 to give taxpayers an opportunity...

October 8, 2017
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Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber passed the State Senate last week to prohibit local units of government from passing laws to restrict what private sector employers can ask in the interview process. This legislation is being pursued after several large cities, including...

October 8, 2017
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Efforts are heating up in Lansing to drive down the high cost of auto insurance in Michigan and the Chamber is taking a leadership role on the issue. Last week, the Chamber testified before a House Committee in support of the changes being pushed by House Speaker Tom Leonard and...

October 5, 2017
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The Michigan Chamber today blasted a flawed and incomplete report released by the House Fiscal Agency (HFA) on legislation to reform Michigan’s broken, outdated auto no-fault insurance system. At issue is the HFA’s failure to consider consumer and business savings of $1 billion or...

September 27, 2017
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After careful consideration, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors voted today to oppose three petition drives that are bad public policy and would take our state in the wrong direction.

The three petition drives the Michigan Chamber will actively...