Chamber News & Blog

January 17, 2012

(Jan. 17, 2012) - With strong progress made in 2011 towards economic recovery in Michigan, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce today unveiled its top 2012 legislative priorities with an emphasis on repeal of the Personal Property Tax (PPT); transportation investment; and improving the state’s...

January 10, 2012

The Michigan Chamber today announced that Robert S. LaBrant, who directed the Chamber nationally-recognized political and legal programs for 34 years, will retire at the end of March 2012.
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December 19, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today praised Rep. Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford), House and Senate lawmakers, and Gov. Rick Snyder for their hard work to implement much-needed reform in Michigan’s Worker’s Compensation system. This Chamber-backed legislation, signed by the governor today,...

December 19, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today applauded lawmakers and Gov. Rick Snyder for working together to enact Senate Bills 484, 484 and 806 – legislation that attacks Michigan’s $3.2 billion debt to the federal government for its 100 percent employer-financed unemployment insurance (UI) system....

December 6, 2011

Leadership Michigan, a program of the Michigan Chamber Foundation, has launched a new web site. Leadership Michigan was established in 1988 for current and emerging leaders to learn more about the state's key issues and systems and their impact on...

December 1, 2011

(12/01/11) - As a supporter of many items on Gov. Rick Snyder’s agenda to reinvent Michigan, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed disappointment with his veto of House Bill 4326. The bill would have made Michigan more competitive with surrounding Great Lakes...

October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today praised actions by the members of the House Commerce Committee for approving changes to the Workers’ Compensation law. Michigan Chamber Director of Health Policy & Human Resources...

October 26, 2011

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statements in response to Governor Snyder’s special message on transportation given earlier today in Southfield.

Statement from Rich Studley, President & CEO:

“We support...

October 10, 2011

Calling on State Senators to support Michigan’s job providers, the Michigan Chamber of Commerce today urged members of the Senate Economic Development Committee to act now on legislation to create the New International Trade Crossing (NITC). 

“The Michigan Chamber of Commerce supports the...

October 7, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced, in cooperation with the Consumer Energy Alliance (CEA), that 14,382 public comments have been submitted from Michigan residents supporting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline. The comments were submitted to the U.S. Department of State,...

September 27, 2011

The Michigan Chamber today announced its support for House Bill 5002, legislation which will update, reform and modernize key areas of the Michigan’s Workers’...

September 21, 2011

The Michigan Chamber Board of Directors yesterday (Sept. 20) voted to support Governor Rick Snyder's proposal to build a New International Trade Crossing as well as a comprehensive statewide transportation investment plan....

September 16, 2011

Jennifer Hoff will join the Michigan Chamber's Business Advocacy Team as Grassroots Action Coordinator, beginning September 19.

“We are pleased to have Jen join the team,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “With a strong background in communications and state...

September 15, 2011

So wrote Tricia Kinley, Senior Director of Tax & Budget Reform for the Michigan Chamber, in a commentary published in The Detroit News. In her viewpoint, Kinley notes: "Significant work remains...to create a simple and fair tax system that promotes economic growth. In particular,...

September 14, 2011

The following statement was issued today by Rich Studley, President and CEO, Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President of Business Advocacy and Associate General Counsel, and Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy and Human Resources for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, in response to Governor Snyder’...

September 14, 2011

Wednesday, Sept. 14 -- Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley today discussed Personal Property Tax reform and the current union-driven efforts to recall lawmakers on The Frank Beckmann Show, which airs weekdays from 9:00 a.m. - Noon on WJR 760-AM, Detroit. The Frank Beckmann...

September 12, 2011

Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley joined MIRS Monday Podcast publisher John T. Reurink in a conversation covering the current union-driven efforts to recall lawmakers, the New International Trade Crossing (NITC) debate, and what the...

September 8, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released a study showing significant reforms are needed to protect Michigan’s valued no-fault automobile insurance system from collapse and keep premiums competitive...

September 6, 2011

Tuesday, Sept. 6 -- A brief filed by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Bankers Association and the Michigan Retailers Association says given Michigan’s aging population, the failure to tax pension income in the future would have a “major impact” on revenue....

August 22, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has filed an amicus brief with the Michigan Supreme Court supporting the bold tax reform plan passed by the Michigan Legislature and signed in...

August 2, 2011

Former presidential candidates Rev. Al Sharpton and Pat Buchanan will debate the top issues affecting Michigan’s economic future on Sept. 20, as part of the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s 2011 Future Forum.

Sharpton and Buchanan will cap a day of thought-provoking discussions about the key...

July 19, 2011

Now is not the time to turn back the clock to the days of endless partisan bickering and legislative stalemate. But, unfortunately, that is exactly what the teacher unions are attempting to do in their efforts to recall duly-elected lawmakers. 

In today's edition of The Detroit News, ...

July 14, 2011

Scores of media outlets across the country have published reports over the past week on the state of our nation's economy and the looming expiration of extended unemployment benefits.

A reporter for The New York Times interviewed Wendy Block, Director of Health Policy & Human...

June 22, 2011

Wednesday, June 22 -- Earlier today, the House Commerce Committee passed House Bills 4781-82, legislation to implement the major reform proposals recommended by the Michigan Chamber Foundation’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) Reform Study commissioned earlier this year. We...

June 21, 2011

The Michigan Chamber is seeking input on what state environmental rules need to be changed or deleted. The Office of Regulatory Reinvention is seeking recommendations on what rules its Environmental Rules Advisory Committee should review. Make sure to share your recommendations on how we can...