Below are the Michigan Chamber's legislative priorities for 2017-2018. These priorities were developed by the Chamber’s policy advisory committees and members who attended nine regional meetings, providing input from over 800 business leaders from across the state. The Chamber’s legislative priorities were unanimously approved on January 31, 2017 by the Michigan Chamber’s 80-member Board of Directors.
“The core purpose of the Michigan Chamber is to help members solve their business problems and prosper,” said Chamber Board Chair Raymond A. Biggs, President & CEO of West Shore Bank, Ludington. “These legislative priorities will be used to focus lawmakers’ attention on public policy initiatives to encourage job creation and business success.”
“The Michigan Chamber represents over 6,500 job providers throughout the state who employ over one million residents, noted Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “Chamber members are strongly committed to moving Michigan forward by advancing this agenda to grow Michigan’s economy, strengthen communities and reshape government.”
“The Chamber’s 2017-2018 legislative priorities reflect our commitment to delivering powerful advocacy and being a strong voice for business at the State Capitol,” Studley added.
“The Michigan Chamber’s business advocacy team stand by our arsenal to fight for free enterprise to achieve our legislative priorities for 2017-2018,” said Jim Holcomb, Senior Vice President for Business Advocacy & General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber. “We will also work to hold state lawmakers accountable for how they vote in the 2018 primary and general elections.”
The Michigan Chamber’s 2017-2018 legislative priorities target eight high-priority issue areas:
- Education & Workforce Readiness
- Employer Rights
- Energy & Environment
- Federal Entitlement Reform
- Health Care
- Legal Reform
- Tax Climate
- Transportation & Infrastructure