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Sunday, 30 January 2022 14:00

Tax cut negotiations on deck between Whitmer, Republicans

Competing proposals from Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Republicans who control the Legislature put tax cuts on the election-year agenda in Lansing.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 20 June 2021 17:00

GOP lawmakers push corporate income tax cut, tax credits for businesses

Republican lawmakers are advancing bills that would reduce Michigan’s corporate income tax rate by 20 percent and create tax credits for businesses that lost at least a quarter of their revenue during COVID-19 restrictions.

Published in Economic Development
Thursday, 25 March 2021 15:14

Business coalition says health care legislation will drive up costs for employers, do ‘more harm than good’

A coalition of Michigan business groups is urging state senators to reject legislation that they claim will drive up the cost of health coverage for small employers.

Published in Health Care

Tuesday, 29 December 2020 13:52

Whitmer signs $106M COVID-19 relief bill, including grants to small businesses, venues

Gov. Gretchen Whitmer today signed legislation that provides $106 million in COVID-19 relief that includes grants for small businesses and entertainment venues that have been closed or had operations limited by state orders.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 12 July 2020 20:07

Medical groups back mask mandate as COVID cases rise: ‘This is serious, but preventable’

As the state mandates face coverings for indoor public places and large outdoor gatherings, a coalition of health care organizations in Michigan urges residents to raise “their vigilance against COVID-19,” maintain distance from one another and to wear a mask.

Published in Health Care
Friday, 05 June 2020 05:55

PPP changes would extend timeline, increase flexibility for loan recipients

Changes approved by Congress to the federal Paycheck Protection Program would give millions of small businesses more time to use the money and adjust how much of the loan needs to go to payroll expenses to earn forgiveness.

Published in Small Business

Tuesday, 24 March 2020 05:33

Business groups seek more clarity, guidance in stay-home order

Michigan business organizations were publicly supportive of Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s stay-home order, although they surely want more clarity on how to proceed.

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 29 September 2019 15:19

Bipartisan bills broaden state’s role to support second-stage businesses

Backed by a key small business advocate in Lansing, a bipartisan group of lawmakers have proposed a legislative package to boost state support for companies operating in the space between small startups and larger corporations.

Published in Small Business
Sunday, 07 April 2019 20:38

Gov. Whitmer’s 45-cent gas tax plan a ‘bridge too far’ for small business, survey finds

Members of one organization advocating for small businesses in Lansing left no doubt in their opposition to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer’s proposal to raise the state gas tax 45 cents per gallon to generate $2.5 billion for fixing roads.

Published in Economic Development

Sunday, 23 December 2018 15:38

Crystal Ball 2019 Michigan Policy Outlook: Amid new political dynamic, business groups focus on talent, road funding

Michigan business groups say a transition of executive power from a Republican to a Democrat brings policy uncertainty, but they expect a continued focus from Gov.-elect Gretchen Whitmer on at least two topics: road funding and talent.

Published in Economic Development
Saturday, 09 June 2018 15:25

Despite prior worries, national economy continues strong expansion

Brian Long anticipated by now to see proof that the U.S. economy had started to flatten out. 

Published in Economic Development
Sunday, 22 April 2018 19:12

State legislation to add work requirements to Medicaid

Business advocates in Lansing say legislation to add work requirements for able-bodied Medicaid recipients could offer a boost to the labor pool in Michigan during times of low unemployment.

Published in Health Care

Sunday, 24 December 2017 17:37

Michigan small businesses remain ‘very optimistic,’ NFIB director says

Charles Owens’ nearly 25 years as director of the Michigan office for the National Federation of Independent Businesses has coincided with four governors in Lansing: Jim Blanchard, John Engler, Jennifer Granholm and Rick Snyder. Since Gov. Snyder is term-limited, Michigan voters will elect a new governor in 2018, a year in which the NFIB will get involved to oppose two possible ballot proposals: One to require employers to provide paid sick leave to employees, and the other to raise the state’s minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2022. That’s on top of a minimum wage increase of 35 cents to $9.25 per hour on Jan. 1. The NFIB also plans to back a proposal to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law.

Published in Economic Development
Wednesday, 12 July 2017 14:22

‘Good Jobs’ legislation passes Michigan House

Controversial economic development legislation passed the Michigan House on Wednesday afternoon, setting the stage for Gov. Rick Snyder’s likely signature.

Published in Breaking News
Sunday, 12 June 2016 15:41

‘Fairer Approach’ — Biz-backed tax study finds companies pay fair share

State revenue from taxes paid by small businesses more than doubled as Michigan’s economy improved coming out of the Great Recession and as the overall business tax burden in the state declined.

Published in Finance