Chamber News & Blog

October 21, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has launched a Private Exchange for individuals and families to shop top-rated insurance companies. This site is functional and user-friendly and offers more than just medical options. Even without Federal subsidies, many are finding rates to be more competitive...

October 10, 2013

Thursday, October 10 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is pleased to report that its aggressive statewide education campaign to protect Michigan’s energy future worked as proponents seeking to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing in Michigan gathered only 27 percent of the...

September 10, 2013

This fall session there is an opportunity for the State Legislature to keep Michigan moving forward, Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley told WJR's morning talk show host, Frank Beckmann, this morning during a live interview at the State Capitol....

August 28, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the bipartisan passage of legislation to reform Michigan's Medicaid program and provide insurance access to the uninsured. House Bill 4714, introduced by Representative Matt Lori (R-Constantine), passed the Michigan Senate late yesterday, August...

August 5, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the launch of a statewide voter education campaign, called “Protect Michigan’s Energy Future.”  The campaign includes billboards, posted across the state, as well as a website (www.michamber....

June 14, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded the bipartisan passage of legislation to reform Michigan’s Medicaid program and provide insurance access to the uninsured. House Bill 4714, introduced by Representative Matt Lori (R-Constantine), passed the Michigan House yesterday, June 13th, by...

June 5, 2013

The Michigan Chamber has been ranked as the top single-issue lobbying organization -- again. Participants in the 2013 MIRS-EPIC/MRA Insider Survey ranked the Michigan Chamber as the organization that "does the most effective lobbying job." Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich...

May 8, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support responsible oil and gas exploration in Michigan and to oppose any attempt to ban the use of hydraulic fracturing, including a false and misleading petition drive now underway by irresponsible environmental...

May 3, 2013

Mark Davidoff, Michigan Managing Partner, Deloitte LLP, has been elected Treasurer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

As Treasurer, Davidoff joins the Chamber’s Executive Committee which, along with the Chamber’s 84-member Board of Directors, establishes Michigan Chamber policy and...

April 30, 2013

In late 2012, we alerted you to the fact that state lawmakers were trying to dramatically increase the Health Insurance Claims Tax (“HICA Tax”) on Michigan job providers in order to balance the state’s budget. Although we were successful in defeating the lame duck proposal, a new bill was...

April 15, 2013

Over 50 participants - chamber executives and volunteer leaders - from 27 chambers of commerce from across the state - participated in the Michigan Chamber's 1st Annual Chamber Day held on Wednesday, April 10, 2013 at its Lansing headquarters. The purpose of Chamber Day is to share the Chamber's...

April 12, 2013

(Friday, April 12th) - Calling it a great day for the entire state, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed optimism about the state’s economic future with the announcement that a key federal permit required to construct the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) has been approved....

March 27, 2013

(Wednesday, March 27, 2013) - The Michigan Chamber Litigation Center today filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court in Andrie, Inc. v. Department of Treasury. The Litigation Center is taking a position in this case because of the Michigan Department of...

March 21, 2013

This spring, the Michigan Chamber launched a series of meetings -- free to Chamber members -- in each of its seven member districts across the state to solicit member input and provide an update on Michigan Chamber legislative priorities and accomplishments. These meetings give members an ...

March 21, 2013

The Michigan Chamber is pursuing an aggressive agenda to strengthen taxpayer rights and improve customer interaction with the Michigan Department of Treasury. Staff and volunteers strongly advocated in favor of improved auditing techniques and providing better guidance to taxpayers trying to...

February 1, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced legislative priorities for 2013-2014. These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy committees with input from over 500 business leaders from across the state and were unanimously approved on January 23, 2013 by the Michigan Chamber’s 84...

January 31, 2013

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced that Brad Hantler has joined the statewide business organization as Grassroots Action Coordinator & Small Business Advocate.

“We are pleased to have Brad join the Michigan Chamber’s Business Advocacy Team,” said Michigan Chamber...

January 9, 2013

Wednesday, Jan. 9 - Today marks the beginning of a new session for the Michigan Legislature. To help you better navigate Michigan's capitol, Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS) has developed a guide to new members of the State House. This color guide provides office...

January 7, 2013

In late December, Gov. Snyder signed into law the "Internet Privacy Protection Act," HB 5523 (Rep. Nesbitt), which made Michigan the fourth state to prohibit employers from accessing passwords to the personal internet accounts of employees and job applicants, including personal email, Facebook...

December 17, 2012

Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 - Good News! On the last night of the Lame Duck session, the Michigan Legislature finalized legislation to begin phase-out of the much-maligned business personal property tax (PPT.) The Michigan Chamber views elimination of the PPT for all business taxpayers as a...

December 14, 2012

Friday, Dec. 14, 2012 -  The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded passage of legislation to finally begin elimination of Michigan’s burdensome and uncompetitive business personal property tax. Elimination of the PPT was...

December 13, 2012

Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012 - Earlier this week, legislators passed - and Governor Snyder signed - landmark legislation to make Michigan the 24th state to enact Freedom to Work. Understandably, this is a complex topic. The Michigan Chamber is committed to providing the resources employers...

December 12, 2012

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed appreciation to Governor Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville, House Speaker Jase Bolger and pro-reform lawmakers for approval of Freedom to Work legislation that would prohibit employees in...

December 11, 2012

Tuesday, Dec. 11, 2012 - Good news! Earlier today the Michigan House voted by a margin of 58-52 to send landmark Freedom to Work legislation (Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003) to Governor Snyder for his signature. This legislation will make Michigan the nation’s 24th Freedom to Work...

December 7, 2012

Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 - After a day full of angry protests by union members and liberal activists that included eight arrests and hours of debate, the State House and Michigan Senate last evening both passed bills (...