The Michigan Chamber today announced its legislative priorities for 2015-2016. These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy advisory committees with input from over 500 business leaders from across the state and were unanimously approved on January 27, 2015 by the Michigan Chamber’s 84-member Board of Directors.
“The Michigan Chamber represents over 6,700 job providers throughout the state who are strongly committed to moving Michigan forward by advancing this agenda to further improve Michigan’s economic competitiveness,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “The Chamber’s legislative priorities for 2015-2016 are intended to focus lawmakers’ attention on public policy initiatives to encourage job creation and business growth.”
“Michigan Chamber members and staff will continue to play a constructive role in shaping Michigan’s future,” noted Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President for Business Advocacy & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. “We are dedicated to an economic future that includes more and better jobs for Michigan families; more efficient state and local government for taxpayers; and stronger communities with a better quality of life for every resident of the Great Lakes State.”
The Michigan Chamber’s 2015-2016 legislative priorities target eight high-priority issue areas:
- Ensure employer access to a skilled workforce;
- Protect employer rights in the workplace;
- Advocate market-friendly, consumer-driven health care options;
- Maintain a sound legal climate;
- Secure Michigan’s energy future;
- Improve Michigan’s regulatory climate;
- Make Michigan one of the 10 best tax climates in the U.S.; and
- Drive the debate about the need to reform and modernize America’s entitlement programs
Prior to the August 2016 primary election, the Chamber will publish its 2015-2016 Legislative Voting Record: A Competitiveness Scorecard for Michigan. This publication will provide detailed information regarding the voting record of every State Senator and State Representative on these priorities.