Chamber News & Blog

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...

June 14, 2011

More than 90 Michigan Chamber members and legislators participated in the Chamber's 2011 PAC II Golf Outing held June 13 at the Hawk Hollow Golf Course in Bath, Michigan. It was a picture-perfect day to play 18 holes of golf and and show support for the Michigan Chamber's PAC....

June 2, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce has once again been ranked the top lobbying organization in Lansing by Michigan Information & Research Service (MIRS). This independent survey of lawmakers, executive branch officials, lobbyists and association...

May 31, 2011

GREAT NEWS! The Republican-led State Legislature has made good on its promise to complete the state budget in a timely manner and has delivered a government spending blueprint to the Governor months ahead of the September 30th deadline. The State’s fiscal year doesn’t start until October 1, 2011...

May 30, 2011

Now is the time to be optimistic about Michigan's future. So wrote Michigan Chamber Board Chair Jeffrey Ammon and Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley in the Special Annual Report Edition of Michigan Forward Quarterly, published in May. "We remain strongly committed to leading businesses and...

May 26, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011 - The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed great appreciation to Governor Rick Snyder, Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville and House Speaker Jase Bolger for their leadership to end the job-killing Michigan...

May 26, 2011

The Michigan Chamber has prepared a brief on the New Business Tax Plan that was signed into law on May 25, 2011. Click here to access the document which details the provisions of the plan.

May 12, 2011

Thursday, May 12 -- The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today expressed great appreciation that the Michigan Senate and State House has voted for strong job creation legislation by passing tax reform negotiated between Governor Rick Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville...

April 28, 2011

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Chamber today expressed great appreciation that the House of Representatives passed the tax reform legislation negotiated between Governor Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Richardville and Speaker Bolger. As passed, this legislation is a major breakthrough in Michigan...

April 27, 2011

The Michigan Chamber Foundation today released a major nonpartisan, economic study identifying up to $550 million in cost-saving...

April 19, 2011

The Michigan Chamber today announced its opposition to a proposed 16 percent increase in the tax the city of Detroit imposes on Detroit casinos.

“Detroit’s three casino operators have made a substantial financial commitment to the city, investing millions of dollars in first-class...

April 18, 2011

Monday, April 18, 2011 - Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley was on The Frank Beckmann Show this morning on WJR 760-AM to discuss the budget watchers who say to cut corrections and start with worker costs....

April 13, 2011

On Tuesday, April 12, Governor Snyder, Senate Majority Leader Richardville, and House Speaker Bolger came to an agreement on tax reform. The following elements are part of this plan based on the original framework as proposed by Governor Snyder:

  • Repeal the MBT – while honoring...
March 28, 2011

Governor Snyder, on Monday, March 28, signed a significant unemployment insurance (UI)  reform bill in Lansing.  It marks one of the biggest UI reforms Michigan has seen in decades and will save job providers, who fund the UI system, nearly $1 billion over three years. 

The Michigan...

March 23, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today issued the following statements in response to the passage of unemployment insurance legislation (House Bill 4408) by the State House and Michigan Senate.

Statement from Wendy Block, Director of Health...

March 1, 2011

The Michigan House on Tuesday, March 1st, introduced legislation to implement Governor Snyder’s proposal to implement long-overdue tax reform. House Bills 4361 and 4362, sponsored by State Representative Jud Gilbert (R-81, Algonac) incorporates changes to Michigan’s Individual Income Tax, as...

February 24, 2011

On Wednesday, Feb. 23, Governor Rick Snyder announced a major Executive Order reorganization of the current Department of Energy, Labor, and Economic Growth to refocus its efforts on streamlining and improving licensing operations and regulatory responsibilities. The new Department of Licensing...

February 17, 2011

The Michigan Chamber today expressed overall support for Governor Snyder’s approach to balancing the state budget without a general tax increase and repealing the job-killing Michigan Business Tax (MBT). Meaningful reform of both state spending and taxes will be the cornerstones of Michigan’s...

February 9, 2011

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its legislative priorities for 2011-2012.  These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy committees with input from over 300 business leaders from across the state and approved on January 26, 2011 by the Michigan Chamber’s 84-member...

February 7, 2011

The Michigan Chamber recently voiced its opposition to a proposed rule from the National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) to force nearly every business in America to post a biased notice to their employees of their rights to unionize under the National Labor Relations Act (NLRA).  The Chamber’s...

February 1, 2011

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced today that Jason Geer has joined the statewide business organization as Small Business Advocate and Chamber Partnership Manager.

Geer comes to the Michigan Chamber from the Midland Area Chamber of Commerce where he served as the...