Meet Dan Papineau

Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs — Michigan Chamber of Commerce

It’s safe to say that tax policy can be a very complicated topic to navigate. But for Dan Papineau, Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs, he learned early in his career that he has a passion for all thing tax and helping people solve their tax problems.

“At the Michigan Chamber, we hear every day about tax challenges facing our members,” says Dan. “And I’m happy to report that the Chamber has championed several tax issues on behalf of members, from expanding the authority of State Treasury in settling pending tax litigation to blocking efforts to dramatically change the way real property assessments and appeals are conducted.”

In his role as Director of Tax Policy & Regulatory Affairs, Dan is responsible for developing and advancing legislative proposals and agendas that represent Chamber members’ interests on tax policy as well as a wide variety of regulatory issues – from government mandates to handling highly-regulated industries, like alcohol. Dan also manages the Chamber’s Tax Policy Advisory Committee, a member-based committee that helps shape the Chamber’s position on key issues and public policy proposals.

Since joining the Chamber in 2017, Dan has been identified by lawmakers, lobbyists, association executives and executive branch officials in the biennial MIRS/EPIC-MRA survey as one of Lansing’s top lobbyists.

Prior to joining the Michigan Chamber, Dan served as the Director of Government Relations for a large southeast Michigan-based trade association with members in three states. He also served for five years as Chief of Staff for State Senator Jack Brandenburg, then chair of the Senate Finance Committee who spearheaded bold and massive changes in state tax policy.

“The reforms in tax policy were a game changer for the state,” says Dan. “For five years, I had a front row seat and active involvement in some of the most dramatic tax policy reforms ever enacted. That’s when my passion for all things tax began, and it has never changed.”

“I truly enjoy helping Chamber members solve their problems,” said Dan, “whether that’s fighting on their behalf against anti-business proposals or aggressively advocating for pro-business policies.”

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