Chamber News & Blog

July 6, 2015
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Good news! Governor Snyder has signed legislation championed by the Michigan Chamber prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates...

July 6, 2015
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President Obama unveiled his proposal to unilaterally change the nation's overtime pay law last week, announcing a rule change to dramatically expand the number of employees who can qualify for overtime pay. The proposed rule would raise the threshold for guaranteed overtime pay from...

July 1, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the Michigan Senate for their leadership in passing a comprehensive plan to fix Michigan’s roads. 

“We commend Senate Majority Leader Meekhof and his colleagues who took the bold step of passing a meaningful package of...

June 30, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding a road funding plan reported out of committee by the Michigan Senate.

“We applaud Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof (Grand Haven)...

June 25, 2015
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Today, the Supreme Court issued its opinion in King v. Burwell, the case challenging the availability of subsidies in health insurance Exchanges run by the federal government. In a 6-3 decision, the Court upheld the availability of subsidies in both state and federal Exchanges...

June 22, 2015
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Despite strong opposition from local government and organized labor, legislation prohibiting local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift mandates and...

June 8, 2015
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Thanks to major reforms pushed by the Michigan Chamber in 2011, Michigan’s workers’ compensation costs per claim are lower than that of typical states, according to a recent study by the Workers’ Compensation...

June 1, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the statewide release of its “Decline to Sign” radio ad.  

“For decades, Michigan has a track record of...

June 1, 2015
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Great News! Last week, the State House unanimously passed Senate Bill 100, championed by Senator Brandenburg, which eliminates the current “pay-to-play” requirement for taxpayers who want to utilize the Court of Claims to protest state tax assessments. Once the Senate concurs on the...

May 27, 2015
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We have some good news we'd like to share with you. The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the top lobbying organization in Lansing by MIRS/EPIC-MRA. This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association executives has...

May 21, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding legislation passed by the Michigan House (House Bill 4052) yesterday to prevent regulatory overreach by prohibiting local government from enacting...

May 18, 2015
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Member Alert! Michigan Democrats last week began to use voter rejection of Proposal 1 as a platform to continue their attack on Michigan’s constitutional protection against a graduated income tax. Both...

May 13, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber today announced the launch of a statewide voter education campaign, called “Decline to Sign,” to encourage voters not to sign a dangerous petition to totally ban a safe and proven method of energy exploration in Michigan.

“Environmental...

May 11, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber will testify before a House committee this week in support of legislation to prohibit local units of government from adopting laws related to employee wages or benefits, such as local leave mandates, local wage or fringe benefit mandates, local scheduling or shift...

May 6, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber is leading the effort on legislation to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve taxpayer access to courts. We are pleased to report that, after providing testimony on Senate Bill 100 (Brandenburg), the legislation has passed out of the House Tax Committee with...

May 4, 2015
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In an effort to mitigate the impact Michigan’s higher minimum wage has had on youth employment in the state, legislation has been introduced to authorize a youth minimum wage and training wage. 

The legislation, which is supported by the Michigan Chamber, was...

April 27, 2015
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Michigan’s post-Labor Day school start law is under attack by a handful of legislators and individuals in the education community who want to give school boards the authority to begin their school year on any date within the summer. The Michigan Chamber opposes...

April 14, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in response to today’s decision by the State Board of Canvassers to allow a ballot question committee to try for a third time to totally prohibit a safe and proven...

April 9, 2015
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A Michigan Legislator is attempting to stop employers from enforcing reasonable non-competition agreements against most individuals.

Non-competition agreements, generally speaking, are contracts that temporarily prevent former employees from working for nearby competitors. Michigan law...

March 31, 2015
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2016 Presidential hopeful and former Chair & CEO of Hewlett Packard, Carly Fiorina, will be the featured speaker at the Michigan Chamber Foundation's Annual Dinner on May 12 in Lansing. The Annual Dinner, preceded by a Legislative Reception, is the Foundation's premier annual networking...

March 11, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauds members of the State House for passing House Bill 4122 to finally end Michigan’s wasteful and ineffective film subsidy. 

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March 2, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statement by Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley regarding Proposal 1:

“Over the past two months, the Michigan Chamber has gathered information from a wide range of sources and actively sought...

February 26, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber has taken a position in support of House Bill 4122 (Dan Lauwers, 81-Brockway) which would finally end Michigan’s wasteful and ineffective film subsidy. Following a...

February 25, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today is calling on state lawmakers to support House Bill 4122, introduced by State Rep. Dan Lauwers, to finally end Michigan’s costly and...

February 24, 2015
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The Michigan Chamber Foundation is pleased to announce its partnership with the Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!), a nationally-recognized innovative program that transforms local high school students into real entrepreneurial successes. The...