Advocacy News, Oct. 4, 2023
The Michigan Chamber jointly announced the formation of the new Great Lakes Growth (GLG) Coalition today. The coalition was formed to bring together key business leaders and combat the alarming number of anti-growth, anti-job provider policy proposals pending in the Michigan Legislature.
Why it matters: Michigan’s path to economic and population growth is at grave risk with a multitude of damaging policy proposals in Lansing, including sweeping mandates on paid leave and energy, coupled with the elimination of workers’ independent contractor flexibility and the ability of Michigan’s 1,800 local units of government to pass their own separate employment laws. We know progressive interest groups are pushing hard to see these bills move and be signed into law by the Governor. GLG aims to amplify the business community’s voice, build public awareness and showcase the unintended consequences of these harmful proposals. It’s imperative that employers speak up and out – your company’s viability, employees, communities, and our economy are at stake. We’re stronger together.
GLG was created to house a number of existing issue-based coalitions, which are supported by countless additional groups, businesses and individuals, including:
- The United Against Workplace Mandates Coalition (mandated paid leave)
- The Coalition for Clean, Affordable and Reliable Energy
- The Coalition for Career Freedom (restrictions on the use of independent contractors)
- The MI Employment Certainty Coalition (patchwork local employment laws)
GLG’s founding members include Michigan’s leading pro-growth business organizations, including the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, Michigan Manufacturers Association, Detroit Regional Chamber, and Grand Rapids Chamber.