What’s Your Input on Lower Driving Costs?
With the state’s budget season upon us, Michiganders are hearing plenty about the high cost of driving in this state, and proposals that will potentially increase or decrease those costs. We don’t expect the state budget to be finalized, or the any deals to be hammered out until several monthsRead More
Join Us for E-Week: Celebrating Entrepreneurs & Innovation
Calling all entrepreneurs, aspiring entrepreneurs and small businesses! Join us for Entrepreneurship week April 1-5! We have 8 events planned that week all centered around helping you take an idea to the next level, learning new tools and tricks from successful entrepreneurs and growing your business. April 1 Everything YouRead More
State Budget Expectations
Governor Whitmer presented her first budget proposal to the House and Senate earlier this month. No doubt, you’ve heard and seen plenty of press on her proposal. Some key points include: Raising the gas tax by 45 cents per gallons, to shore up funding for road repairs Covering community collegeRead More
MBA 2019 Legislative Priorities
Support continued efforts for public policy and resource allocation to effectively address the talent gap, including those for regionally-driven workforce development programs Support significant investment in Michigan’s transportation systems such as upgrades to highways, including continued allocation of previously-committed revenues. Necessary funds in excess of these revenues should be derivedRead More
Our Take on Marijuana Establishments
Townships, cities, and villages across Michigan are in decision-making mode, following the November 6th statewide vote to legalize recreational marijuana. Unless these municipalities explicitly state otherwise, marijuana establishments will be permitted in their boundaries. (These decisions have nothing at all to do with the personal use of marijuana; only withRead More
Governor’s Executive Order Raises Eyebrows, Prompts Action
We saw a little friction in Lansing last week, when the state Legislature voted to overturn the Governor’s Executive Order (EO) 2019—12. It’s the first time in 42 years that the Legislature has overturned an EO. Issuing Executive Orders and Executive Directives is certainly a gubernatorial prerogative, but at issueRead More
But What to do About Snow Days?
We’ve all heard speculation about ‘snow day forgiveness,’ and whether or not K—12 school districts will need to make up all the days they’ve cancelled for inclement weather, including sub-zero temperatures. You may have also heard about a bill introduced in the state Legislature to give the districts (and students!)Read More
Welcome to the State’s 100th Legislature!
The Michigan Legislature convened on January 9th for its 100th session. They’re already hard at work, meeting in committees and in both chambers. We’ve compiled a few basic facts about the state Legislature that you might find interesting: State Legislative sessions are two years each. The state’s Senate is comprisedRead More
Business-Related Laws Take Effect at the End of March
Late in 2018, the Midland Business Alliance closely watched the state Legislature’s actions with the new minimum wage increase and paid sick leave laws. We encouraged our policymakers in Lansing to pursue amendments that would both provide relief to individual businesses and protect the strong business environment in Michigan. InRead More