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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

Michigan Chamber statement on Court of Claims ruling

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement, after the state’s Court of Claims ruling in Case No. 21-000095 re: Michigan’s minimum wage and paid sick leave laws.

Michigan Chamber on Michigan Public Service Commission order on Line 5, Great Lakes Tunnel

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today released the following statement from Jim Holcomb, president & CEO, after the Michigan Public Service Commission’s action on U-20763 – the application for the authority to replace and relocate the segment of Line 5 crossing the Straits of Mackinac into a tunnel beneath the Straits:

Michigan Chamber endorses Tudor Dixon in Republican primary for governor

(LANSING, Mich.) – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today announced its endorsement of candidate Tudor Dixon in the Republican gubernatorial primary election on Aug. 2, 2022.

“The Chamber is pleased to make this endorsement in the upcoming GOP primary election,” said Jim Holcomb, president & CEO. “Tudor Dixon is a strong, principled leader who has demonstrated a commitment to free enterprise, our state’s shared economic prosperity and a predictable regulatory climate.”

“Tudor understands the many critical roles Michigan job providers play – from advancing a resilient, growing economy to being innovators and supporters of our families and communities,” said Wendy Block, VP of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement. “We believe she’s the best choice for Republican voters in August.”

Radio Interviews

David Brownback, the Michigan Chamber’s Business Solutions Executive, talks about the struggles of hiring. However, a new tool – known as EmergeSkilled – can help you find and keep employees. It’s a proven technology platform that can help you connect with talent while building a long-term workforce pipeline for the future.

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.

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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