Chamber News & Blog

July 9, 2012

Monday, July 9, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today unveiled growMIjobs, an information campaign designed to rally Michigan business owners and employees to work together to maintain the state's...

June 29, 2012

The Michigan Legislature was quite productive in moving key pieces of tax legislation - all either initiated or supported by the Michigan Chamber - in the final weeks of session leading up to summer recess. 

Of particular note to all Michigan taxpayers, and to Chamber members who pay...

June 29, 2012

The U.S. Supreme Court has upheld nearly every provision of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (the Act), meaning that the health care industry and employers will need to prepare for full implementation of the Act this year and next in anticipation of a new health delivery and health...

June 28, 2012

The following statements were issued today by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling on the federal Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as “Obamacare.”

Statement from Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President,...

June 21, 2012

Thursday, June 21, 2012 - Citizens Protecting Michigan’s Constitution (CPMC), a diverse group of job creators, taxpayers and organizations - including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce - today asked Secretary of State Ruth Johnson to reject the petition filed last week by Lansing special...

June 20, 2012

Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley appeared on Michigan's Big Show, a morning talk radio program hosted by Michael Patrick Shiels, this week to discuss a ballot proposal which seeks to amend the Michigan Constitution to create a new right to collective bargaining; retroactively...

June 20, 2012

Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - On the heels of news that the Detroit River International Trade Crossing will be built and bring thousands of new jobs, the Michigan Chamber Foundation today announced a new...

June 18, 2012

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce has awarded its highest level of accreditation to the Michigan Chamber of Commerce for its sound operations and effective legislative and political agenda.

The Michigan Chamber received a rating of Accredited, with Distinction, putting it among the top three...

June 14, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today voiced strong opposition to a proposed constitutional amendment to mandate utilities to obtain at least 25 percent of their electricity from renewable energy sources by the year 2025.

“The best way to develop and...

June 13, 2012

(Wednesday, June 13, 2012) - A diverse group of job creators, taxpayers, and organizations today announced a coalition to oppose a number of possible ballot proposals that are circulating throughout Michigan.

The Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan,...

June 7, 2012

A reporter for MLive recently sought reactions to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's win in this week's recall election and the impact that could have on Michigan. Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley was among those solicited for comment. Here is what he said:

"I think that one...

June 6, 2012

Check out this week's edition of the Michigan Chamber Capitol Report for the latest news on medical liability reform legislation, a bill aimed at treating Use Tax payers fairly...and...

June 1, 2012

Legislation banning automated sales suppression devices, also known as “zappers” or phantom-ware, was signed into law on May 30, 2012. Read more about why this legislation is important...

May 30, 2012

The U.S. Chamber’s Public Affairs Committee is the primary policy-originating body for the U.S. Chamber in the area of public affairs and the national political program. Members of the committee determine the U.S. Chamber’s involvement in federal elections and represent the business community’s...

May 25, 2012

On Thursday, May 24, Gov. Snyder signed House Bill 4563 into law. Public Act 144 provides a partial Business-to-Business exemption. Items specifically exempted are so - if created after April 1, 2009.  ...

May 17, 2012

The Michigan Senate in early May passed legislation to begin addressing Michigan’s burdensome personal property tax. The Michigan Chamber is pleased that the process continues to move forward, however the Senate added problematic amendments that must be removed in the Michigan House.

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May 2, 2012

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to strongly oppose the so-called “Protect Our Jobs” ballot proposal which seeks to amend the Michigan Constitution to: create a new right to collective bargaining; retroactively repeal dozens of cost-saving reform measures...

April 30, 2012

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors has voted unanimously to support retaining Michigan’s Local Government and School District Fiscal Accountability Act, Public Act 4 of 2011. The Chamber believes repeal of this law would severely hinder state government’s effort to improve the...

April 19, 2012

The Michigan Senate on Tuesday, April 17th, unveiled an Administration-backed proposal to immediately exempt small businesses from Michigan's burdensome business personal property tax and begin phase-out of the tax on manufacturing equipment.  

This $1.2 billion tax on Michigan job...

April 12, 2012

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced the promotion of James R. Holcomb to General Counsel.

“Last year, under Jim Holcomb’s leadership, the Michigan Chamber’s outstanding business advocacy team led the fight to accomplish several longstanding legislative priorities, including...

March 19, 2012

Michigan must reform the Uniform Unclaimed Property Act (also referred to as Escheats) in business-to-business transactions. Unfortunately, reforming this medieval-style law has proved difficult in years past because state government has come to rely on this money as a revenue stream...even...

February 21, 2012

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Tuesday, Feb. 21, praised actions by members of the Office of Regulatory Reinvention and the Environmental Advisory Rules Committee for developing a list of 77 recommendations for regulatory reform in Michigan. 

“Improving Michigan’s regulatory...

February 17, 2012

The Michigan Chamber today expressed appreciation and support for the U.S. Chamber for the voter education ad which is now airing in Congressman Fred Upton’s 6th Congressional District in Southwest Michigan.

“The U.S. Chamber has launched a multistate television ad and grassroots...

February 14, 2012

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday, February 13th, filed an amicus brief in the U.S. Supreme Court case challenging the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. The brief, filed...

February 13, 2012

On Dec. 19, 2011, Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation to address Michigan’s bankrupt unemployment insurance (UI) system. The legislation attacks Michigan’s $3.2 billion debt to the federal government for its 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) system.  Without this...