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Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce talks with Steve Gruber about the importance of the Reopen Michigan Safely campaign.
From the most powerful voice for Business in Michigan. The Michigan Chamber Business Brief.
Topic for this week’s Business Brief: The trend in Michigan’s COVID data & health metrics and growing pressure to reopen: in-person classes for K-12; lift severe restrictions on restaurants; and offices.
Rich Studley, president and CEO of Michigan Chamber talks with Steve Gruber about the Governor’s proposed budget.
- Under our State Constitution, what is the role of the Governor in the budget process.
- What is the role of the Legislature in the budget process?
- Does the Michigan Chamber support the Governor’s proposal to fix local bridges?
- Does the Chamber support the Governor’s proposal to invest more in workforce development & career readiness?
What’s next in Lansing and how state lawmakers will respond to the Governor’s State of the State address on Jan 27 and her Budget Message in Feb.
Rich Studley is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber during the Business Brief.
Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement talks with Steve Gruber on the upcoming Sustainability Summit, January 26.
Last week Gov Whitmer promised COVID-19 vaccines would be distributed to seniors. After having months to create a distribution plan, the Whitmer administration was unprepared to deliver on this promise.
Number of new COVID-19 cases & related hospitalizations declining and effective vaccines being distributed across the state 2021 can & should be a better year for state government.
Rich Studley is President & Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber on the positive & negative developments during the lame duck legislative session (negative: Gov extends ban on indoor dining into Jan. Positive: Mich Senate approves COVID-19 relief). And a quick look at the agenda for state government early in 2021.
First Rule of Holes is: when you find yourself in one, stop digging. The single most important step state government can take to help unemployed workers and struggling businesses is to STOP the Governor’s “three-week” pause, stay-at-home shutdown order.
Rich Studley, president and CEO with Michigan Chamber discusses the Governor’s recent desire to shut down Line 5 that would devastate the Upper Peninsula.
Michigan Chamber files Amicus Brief in support of Viridis Laboratories v. Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency
LANSING — The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today filed an amicus brief decrying the state’s extreme and unconstitutional government overreach by the Michigan Marijuana Regulatory Agency (MRA) in its recent recall action against Viridis Laboratories, LLC. It also released the following statement from Rich Studley, president and CEO:
“As the cannabis industry grows and matures in our state, regulators should focus on ensuring Michigan is a national leader when it comes to cannabis safety, testing and innovation, not taking actions that shockingly overstep their authority. The Michigan Chamber is deeply concerned about the impact of what appears to be an extreme and unconstitutional government overreach by the MRA. The MRA’s failure to abide by clear legal tenets not only jeopardizes the plaintiffs’ business and its employees’ livelihoods, but also sets a dangerous precedent for the entire business community.”
New Statewide Business Coalition Asks President Biden To Reconsider His Federal Vaccine Mandate
LANSING – Listen to MI Business, a new statewide coalition of business and employee advocates launched today, is asking President Biden to reconsider his federal vaccine mandate because employers simply cannot shoulder this responsibility alone. “Michigan’s employers have been on the front lines of the pandemic, working to reopen safely while protecting their workers and customers and keeping our economy moving,” said Rich Studley, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce. “That is why we are asking President Biden to listen to Michigan businesses and reconsider his federal vaccine mandate. Every state and business is different and employers cannot, and should not, be responsible for carrying the full weight of this one-size-fits-all mandate.”
Sara Wurfel Joins Michigan Chamber as Chief Communications Marketing Officer
In another move to round out its team and advance efforts on behalf of Michigan’s job providers, communities and families, the Michigan Chamber today announced the appointment of Sara Wurfel as Chief Communications Marketing Officer. Sara will be responsible for driving the organization’s strategic communications, messaging, media relations and integrated marketing.
“We are thrilled to have Sara join our team,” said Rich Studley, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber. “Sara’s extensive experience in both the public and private sector will be a tremendous asset for our Chamber members. She has the communication and marketing skills, temperament, and understanding of state government to help ensure the Michigan Chamber remains the most effective business advocacy organization and adeptly navigate the changing landscape to meet our priorities for a strong, healthy Michigan economy and quality of life.”
Michigan Chamber Voices Support for Michigan Cannabis Safety Act
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its strong support of bipartisan legislation to improve safety and ensure fairness in Michigan’s growing cannabis industry.
The Michigan Cannabis Safety Act (House Bills 5300-5302) will help Michigan become a national leader in cannabis safety and testing by requiring cannabis growers be licensed and require testing, tracking and labeling of cannabis products to promote safety.
Michigan Chamber Statement on Biden's Proposed COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate
Lansing, MICH – The Michigan Chamber issued the following statement in response to the Biden Administration’s announcement that it will pursue a new Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) standard requiring employers with more than 100 workers to require vaccination or weekly testing.
“Not all states are alike and not all businesses are alike but, in Michigan, this type of top-down state government mandate will have a devastating impact on jobs and the economy,” said Rich Studley, President and CEO of the Michigan Chamber.
Leah Robinson Joins the Michigan Chamber as Director of Tax Policy & Legislative Affairs
LANSING, Mich. (September 10, 2021) — The Michigan Chamber announces the appointment of Leah Robinson as Director of Tax Policy & Legislative Affairs. She is also responsible for staffing, organizing and directing the Chamber’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee.
“We are excited to welcome Leah to our team,” said Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement for the Michigan Chamber. “Leah has the policy background and relationships necessary to hit the ground running and be an effective advocate for Chamber members.”
In light of Michigan business leader concerns, Steve and Rich discuss the Chamber’s statewide coalition. In order for businesses to continue safe operations and prioritize employees, they are banding together to question Biden’s vaccine mandate, as it would cost jobs across industries. Listen for information on how to support the coalition.
Mike Williams, Vice President of Operations & Purchasing at Cadillac Products Automotive Company, talked with Steve Gruber on how the company stepped up during COVID to create speciality gowns through ProTEC-USA.
Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce talks with Steve Gruber about Covid Tax Relief Bills the Governor vetoed.
The COVID tax relief bills received widespread, overwhelming bipartisan support passing the Michigan Senate 36-0 and the State House 102-7. We strongly urge state lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to vote to override this anti-jobs/anti-business veto
Rich Studley, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber on the State budget. Lawmakers return to Lansing this week to work on the state budget and will find state government awash in a sea of unanticipated state & federal revenue. Will they spend it wisely or wastefully? Will lawmakers return part of this surplus to state taxpayers or grow the size & cost of state government next year to an unsustainable level?
Rich Studley, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber about 25 U.S. states now dropping out of the federal unemployment benefits program. Shouldn’t Michigan? It’s time to stop growing the government and start fighting for economic growth.
“Most great accomplishments in life are the result of a team effort. We are proud of our work for our members and businesses across the state. The Michigan Chamber fights to protect free enterprise; connects Chamber members with state decision-makers; and strengthens the role of business in building Michigan’s future,” said Rich Studley, President & CEO of the Michigan Chamber.
Jim Holcomb, Senior Executive Vice President and General Counsel at the Michigan Chamber, talks with Steve Gruber about Legislative Leaders and Governor reaching a deal allowing for permanent MIOSHA Rules to be withdrawn.
Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement, talks with Steve Gruber about the new round of MIOSHA Rules – New MIOSHA rules on masks and social distancing.
May 12, 2021: Crain’s Detroit Commentary on Line 5
To the Editor: By now, most people on both sides of the Michigan-Ontario border are tired of hearing from politicians about Line 5. And so they should be. The stakes are too high for political games.
May 12, 2021 Crain’s Detroit:
A coalition of chambers of commerce for Canada, the United States, Michigan, Wisconsin and Ohio have mounted a united front against Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s attempts to have Enbridge, Inc.’s Line 5 oil pipeline shut down today, arguing such a move would trigger “energy emergencies”in both countries.
A recent column in Bridge Magazine paints legislation recently introduced in Lansing as a “narrow and technical fix” to Michigan’s new auto no-fault law. We see a flashing yellow light and are urging caution.
Gathering data on COVID-19 related learning loss in Michigan is critical. Nationally, we already know learning loss is a fact with studies showing last December that students, depending on different demographics, are between three and five months behind in their education.Opinion Gathering Data On COVID Learning Loss In Michigan Is Vital Bridge Michigan
Less than one year ago, Americans were clamoring for more data and reporting during the first COVID-19 surge. Now we are drowning in data. The impact of COVID is broken down by region, by race, by age and our understanding of the disease has grown rapidly.
Additional information can be found at: Statewide School Assessment
President and CEO of Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Rich Studley, talks about the state of the economy and dealing with economic issues, such as rising prices, as a Michigan business.
Wendy Block, talks with WXYZ about work search rules while business owners are having a hard time finding people to fill open positions. Everything from retail, restaurants and even manufacturing. But there are big changes on the way for people who are out of work in Michigan and business owners are hopeful it will alleviate the worker shortage.
THREE STATE CHAMBERS, US AND CANADIAN CHAMBERS UNITE: LINE 5 ESSENTIAL TO GREAT LAKES REGION’S ENERGY AND ECONOMIC SECURITY, SUBMIT LEGAL ARGUMENTS IN FEDERAL COURT
Unprecedented alliance of regional and national business leaders express concern for Great Lakes region’s economy in response to Governor Whitmer’s plan to unilateral shut down Line 5.
Lansing, MICH – The Michigan and Ohio Chambers of Commerce, Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce, and both United State and Canadian Chambers of Commerce today joined forces to protect and encourage the economic future and stability of the Great Lakes region by filing a joint legal brief in U.S. federal court in the Line 5 proceeding.
Chamber Members – if you need further clarification on MIOSHA Extension of the COVID Emergency Rules, please contact Wendy Block,
Feb 12 – MARQUETTE, Mich. (WLUC) – Frustration is building among leaders in the restaurant industry about coronavirus restrictions that were quietly extended earlier this month.
January 22 – Southfield (CBS Detroit) – Four regional leaders discuss a hectic and historic week which saw the departure of Donald Trump, the inauguration of Joe Biden as President, and release of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick from jail thanks to Trump who commuted his sentence on his way out the door.