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If you are interested in interviewing a Michigan Chamber representative, contact: Sara Wurfel, Chief Communications & Marketing Officer of the Michigan Chamber at (517) 599-3470 or email swurfel@michamber.com.

Radio Interviews

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.

Press Releases

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.”

The Michigan Chamber Applauds House Vote To End Federal Unemployment Benefits, Get Michiganders Back To Work

Lansing, MICH – JUNE 17, 2021 – The Michigan Chamber issued the following statement in response to the vote by the Michigan House today to end the Federal Pandemic Unemployment Compensation (FPUC) program and get Michiganders back to work. The FPUC program, which runs through Sept. 6, adds a $300 weekly payment to all eligible individuals receiving unemployment benefits. The $300 is added on top of the state’s maximum weekly unemployment benefit of $362, making the maximum weekly benefit $662 per week (state/federal). This equates to $16.55 per hour (based on a 40 hour workweek) or $34,424 per year.

Radio Interviews

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?

“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.

Articles

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.

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

Recently a billboard was erected proclaiming that Indiana had named Gov. Gretchen Whitmer the “2020 Indiana Business Person of theYear.” While that isn’t true, it is true that neighboring states are open for business and Michigan families are facing a dire situation.

We’ve all heard stories of friends and family making a run across the border into Ohio and Indiana for lunch or a sporting event because of this situation. While that may be great for those living in the border counties, the rest of Michigan, restricted by the state’s numerous emergency orders, has nowhere to run for lunch or a job. READ MORE.

Video Interviews

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,

Michigan Chamber of Commerce, at wblock@michamber.com.
If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Amanda Toy, Michigan Chamber of Commerce, at atoy@michamber.com.
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