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The latest interviews from the state’s news organizations.
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.
Rich Studley, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber about the success the Reopen Michigan Safely campaign has had and what happens next?
Rich Studley, President & Chief Executive Officer of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, joins Steve Gruber to discuss opposition on the
State using tax payer dollars to host and advertises webinar on ‘How To Form A Union’.
Wendy Block, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Member Engagement for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, discusses with Steve Gruber the Whitmer’s Office Ban Extension that ignores job creators and damages
Rich Studley, president and CEO of Michigan Chamber, discussion the extension of the MIOSHA Emergency Rules and it’s impact on businesses across the state.
Rich Studley, president& CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, talks with Steve Gruber about the proposed Biden-Harris federal tax hikes. Their proposal would slow the economy and result in 1M lost jobs over the next two years!
Rich Studley talks with Kevin Dietz, WJR, regarding Gov Whitmer’s extension of MIOSHA COVID emergency rules that essentially bans the safe opening of office spaces for up to ANOTHER six months, despite little evidence that carefully managed offices are sources of spread.
Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy and Regulatory Affairs for the Michigan Chamber discusses concerns taxpayers should have about the multi-trillion dollar Biden- Harris “Infrastructure” Plan.
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
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.
The Reopen Michigan Safely coalition is growing and making an impact.
While it’s encouraging that Gov. Whitmer is responding to our coalition message, rather than move to revisit or loosen the MIOSHA Emergency Rules (“Rules”) prohibiting most in-person work, the administration has announced the creation of a workgroup and standard advisory committees to “study” the issue. Furthermore, it is concerning that the workgroup making recommendations on whether immediate changes to the Rules are needed does not currently have any small business representation. #EndTheOfficeBan.
Dec 29, 2020 – Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer on Tuesday vetoed $225 million from a Legislature-approved supplemental COVID-19spending bill that allocated $465 million in surplus funds to a variety of COVID-related expenses. Read article.
Michigan Chamber Calls On State Department To Cancel Biased 'HOW TO ORGANIZE UNION' Webinars
April 26, 2021 – Lansing – In response to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) and Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) offering webinars to instruct employees in the public and private sector on how to “form a union,” the Michigan Chamber expressed opposition and questioned whether the department can be trusted. The Chamber calls for the immediate cancelation of the webinars.
Business Leaders Say ‘Permanent’ MIOSHA COVID Rule Recommendations Are Unworkable, Push Back on Whether COVID Restrictions Should Remain in Place Indefinitely
April 13, 2021- LANSING — The Michigan Chamber, Michigan Licensed Beverage Association, Michigan Manufacturers Association and Michigan Retailers Association are expressing major concern today as a Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) Advisory Committee completed its scheduled work and MIOSHA announced its plans to move forward with extending overly-restrictive COVID-19 workplace rules on a permanent basis. The business groups voiced concern over how the permanent rules could come to conflict with Center for Disease Control (CDC) recommendations and current science and will adversely impact jobs and hurt the economy.
Whitmer’s Office Ban Extension Ignores Job Creators and Damages Michigan’s Economy
April 13, 2021 – LANSING – The Reopen Michigan Safely coalition of thousands of businesses today said it opposes Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s predetermined extension of Michigan Occupational Safety and Administration (MIOSHA) COVID emergency rules that essentially ban the safe reopening of office spaces for up to another six months, despite little evidence that carefully managed offices are sources of spread.
Reopen Michigan Safely
March 4, 2021 – Reopen Michigan Safely Coalition Calls on Whitmer to #EndTheOfficeBan on April 14th. The new coalition of Michigan’s job creators says Whitmer should update MIOSHA emergency rules to empower businesses that follow established safety protocols to reopen.
Letter to Governor from Regional Chamber of Commerce - February 19, 2021
Dear Governor Whitmer:
As COVID-19 cases and positivity rates trend in the right direction, and as vaccines reach more Michiganders every day, we write in hopes that employees will soon be able to return to the office while following guidelines and protocols to keep them safe.
Michigan Chamber Announces the Appointment of Policy Committee Chairs
January 27, 2021 – The Michigan Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of its policy advisory committee chairs for 2021-22. The new chairs will be David Cessante – Health & Human Resources Committee, Wayne Roberts – Tax Policy Committee and Troy Cummings – Energy & Environment Committee.
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.