Chamber News & Blog

October 20, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement as legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber advances to the Governor to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance. The Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "...

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The US House of Representatives passed a bill in late September to delay by six months the effective date of the Department of Labor's (DOL's) controversial overtime regulations. Under the legislation, the rule would take effect on June 1, 2017 instead of December 1, 2016. ...

October 10, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber has played a leadership role in legislative efforts to reform Michigan’s workers’ compensation system. These reforms continue to be hugely successful in stabilizing Michigan’s workers’ compensation system and have resulted in a 39 percent decrease in premiums...

October 3, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Jack Bergman for U.S. House. Bergman is seeking election to represent Michigan's 1st Congressional District, which includes the entire Upper Peninsula of Michigan and 16 of 21 counties of Northern Michigan in the...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan joined a coalition of 21 states last week to sue the U.S. Department of Labor over an aggressive new rule that would substantially increase the number of workers qualifying for overtime.  Also filed on the same day, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and other business groups...

September 28, 2016
Article type: News

Legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal an anti-competitive tax on individuals and businesses purchasing health insurance was passed by the Michigan House last week. The Michigan Chamber applauds Speaker Cotter and Insurance Committee Chair Tom Leonard for their...

September 19, 2016
Article type: News

Later this week, the Michigan House is expected to consider legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or "HICA Tax.”  While it appears this legislation will receive the same bipartisan support it...

September 14, 2016
Article type: News

House Bill 5873, which contains a roughly 250 percent increase in Michigan’s beer tax, would put businesses at a huge competitive disadvantage with neighboring states and would take a...

September 13, 2016
Article type: News

Do you pay property taxes? Hopefully that question got your attention and piques your interest! The Michigan Chamber is strongly opposed to legislation being...

August 24, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of Paul Mitchell for U.S. House. Mitchell is seeking election to represent Michigan's 10th Congressional District, which includes the counties of Huron, Lapeer, St. Clair and Sanilac, and parts of Macomb and Tuscola...

August 3, 2016
Article type: News

The August 2, 2016 Primary Election was a very good day for job providers and the Michigan Chamber. Across the state, voters cast ballots for commonsense conservatives who support limited government and will stand up for free enterprise. The Michigan Chamber PAC was heavily involved...

July 7, 2016
Article type: News

At the specific request of member companies, the Michigan Chamber last week weighed in on another set of draconian and far-reaching proposed regulations put forward by the US Treasury.

In April, the Obama Administration again put forward regulations that could have a...

June 23, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released its 2015-2016 Legislative Voting Record for the State House. The purpose of this voting record is to provide the business community and other interested...

June 22, 2016
Article type: News

Do you have a commercial snowplowing contract? If so, legislation passed by the Michigan House in the final days of the spring legislative session could impact how those contracts can be written moving forward.

House Bill 5230 would prevent companies that hire...

June 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber on June 8 issued the following statement in response to nearly unanimous passage of legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber to repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or “HICA Tax” (Senate Bills 987-990). The HICA Tax...

June 16, 2016
Article type: News

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsements for 23 candidates seeking election to open seats in the State House. The entire 110-member State House is up for election or re-election this year.  

“Today, we are pleased to announce the Michigan...

June 6, 2016
Article type: News

With the deadline for groups hoping to get an initiative petition certified for the Nov. 2016 ballot now behind us, only one group remains standing. The deadline was last Wednesday, June 1. 

Thanks to the Michigan Chamber’s efforts to educate voters on the dangers of...

June 6, 2016
Article type: News

In a stunning move last week, the State House passed legislation to repeal an important tax credit that will result in a $40 per car tax hike on law abiding motorists in Michigan.

The Michigan Chamber is...

June 1, 2016
Article type: News

Michigan Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Rich Studley today declared success for the Protect Michigan’s Energy Future coalition’s “Decline to Sign” efforts. Earlier today, fringe environmentalists trying to prevent hydraulic fracturing in Michigan announced their signature...

May 25, 2016
Article type: News

Good news! Earlier today, the Senate Competitiveness Committee moved legislation that would repeal Michigan’s unique and uncompetitive Health Insurance Claims Assessment, or “HICA Tax.” The HICA Tax has added nearly $1 billion to the cost of health insurance since its enactment in...

May 23, 2016
Article type: News

In an unfortunate development, the Michigan House Tax Policy Committee last week passed legislation (House Bill 5578) that would dramatically change how real property is taxed in...

May 23, 2016
Article type: News

Progressive groups, including the Restaurant Opportunity and Mothering Justice, have suspended their campaign to place a paid sick leave proposal on the November 2016 ballot. The so-called “Time to Care Coalition” made their announcement last Friday, after it became clear they would...

May 18, 2016
Article type: News

August FLSA Overtime SeminarEarlier today, the US Department of Labor (DOL)...

May 17, 2016
Article type: News

A property tax debate is emerging that could have significant consequences for Michigan taxpayers. Local government associations are currently advocating for passage of legislation to dramatically change the way real property assessments and appeals are conducted. Their goal is to...

May 16, 2016
Article type: News

A new national study shows the sweeping reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011 to Michigan’s workers’ compensation system continue to be successful in stabilizing the workers’ comp system and lowering costs for employers. 

The recently released...