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The Chamber is the voice of West Michigan business in Lansing. 

The decisions made in the capitol have a direct impact on your business and we are working hard to make Michigan a more business-friendly environment.  Listed here are some of the critical issues that we are focused on.

Contact Joshua Lunger at 616.771.0336 with questions or to get involved.

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Chamber Position on Michigan Issues

Issue

Summary

Chamber Position

Bill(s) (Sponsor)

Status

Item Pricing 

Repeal the mandate that forces retailers to place price tags on every item of merchandise.

Support

Why?

 House Bill 4158

(Rep. Posthumus Lyons)

Signed into Law

Ergonomics

 Prohibit state agencies from imposing rules and regulations regarding workplace ergonomics.

Support

Why?

Senate Bill 20

(Sen. Jones) 

Signed into Law 

Stop Automatic Pay Increases After Contract Expiration

 Prohibits government employee union automatic pay increases after a contract expires and before a new one can be made.

 Support

Why?

 House Bill 4152

(Rep. Knollenberg)

 Signed into Law

 Consolidation of Local Government Employees

 Repeals a law that prohibits the consolidation of employees of local governments unless any transferred employees keep the same pay, status and benefits that they had in their prior position.

 Support

Why?

House Bills 4309, 4310 & 4311

(Reps. Kowall, Opsommer) 

Signed into Law 

 Remove Pension Tax Exemption

Creates tax parity for private and public sector pensions. If over the age of 67 (by Jan 1, 2012), the retiree maintains the exemption.  Single-filers under $20,000 and joint-filers under $40,000 also are still exempt from the tax.

Support

Why?

 House Bill 4480

(Rep. Gilbert)

Signed into Law 

Michigan Business Tax

Replace the MBT with the new 6% Corporate Income Tax.

Support

Why?

House Bills 4161& 4162

 (Rep. Gilbert)

Signed into Law

 Limit Public Employee Healthcare Costs

 Prohibits government employee health insurance benefits with premiums above $5,500 for a single person, $11,000 for a couple and $15,000 for a family plan or require employees to contribute at least 20% toward the cost. Most local governments could waive the requirements with a two-thirds vote of their governing body.

Support

Why?

 Senate Bill 7

(Sen. Jansen)

Signed into Law 

 Service Sharing

 Allow and specify procedures for local governments to enter partnerships to provide particular government services.

 Support

Why?

 Senate Bill 8

(Sen. Jansen)

Signed into Law 

Public Act 312 – Binding Arbitration Panels

Amend PA 312 to require arbitrators to consider the best interests of the community and the ability to pay during the arbitration process.

Support

Why?

House Bill 4522

 (Rep. Farrington)

Signed into Law

Teacher Tenure Reform

Reforms teacher tenure standards and streamlines the procedures for taking it away. Requires the removal of a teacher rated “ineffective” two years in a row. Limits the number of second and third chances for tenured teachers placed on probation.

Support

Why?

House Bill 4625

(Rep. Rogers)

Signed into Law 

Project Labor Agreements

Prohibit project labor agreements in state, school and local public construction or as a condition of selective tax breaks granted for private projects.

Support

Why?

Senate Bill 165

 (Sen. Moolenaar)

Signed into Law

Unemployment Insurance Reform

A package authorizing state borrowing to pay off $3.2 billion in unemployment system debt, The bill also revises the assessment of payroll taxes on employers. It requires  acceptance of alternative work at lower pay than currently required and increases reporting. It clarifies factors making an employee ineligible for unemployment benefits. It would also make employees in a “work sharing” program eligible for unemployment benefits.

Support

Why?

House Bill 5185

(Rep. Haveman)

 Signed into Law

Workers’ Compensation

Addresses inconsistencies and modernizes the Workers’ Compensation Act, resolves conflicting business vs. labor interpretations of court decisions.

 Support

Why?

House Bill 5002

 (Rep. Jacobson)

Signed into Law

Excessive Regulations

Prohibit a state department from promulgating rules more stringent than required by federal standards, unless specifically required to by state statute.

Support

Why?

House Bill 4240

 (Rep. Goike)

Referred to the Senate Economic Development Committee on June 21, 2011

Personal Property Tax

Eliminate property tax imposed on business tools and equipment.

Support

Why?

Senate Bill 34

(Sen. Nofs) 

Referred to the Senate Finance Committee on January 19, 2011 

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