2016 Legislative Wins:
Energy. The Chamber led negotiations with the Governor’s office, state legislators and the state’s utilities to find common ground on the energy legislation, while ensuring ratepayer protections and the preservation of a viable electric choice program that saves schools and employers millions.
Mobility. Promoted innovation in transportation by advocating for legislation to allow the rapidly advancing ridesharing (like Uber and Lyft) industry to compete in Michigan.
Education. Championed a stronger talent system through third grade reading legislation.
Accountability. Worked with Business Leaders for Michigan, the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce and Education Trust Midwest to ensure that strong K-12 assessments and accountability tools are in place.
Autonomous Vehicles. Supported legislation to allow for autonomous vehicle testing in Michigan.
Skilled Trades. Successfully advocated for increased funding for the Skilled Trade Training Fund.
Food Trucks. Advanced a new food truck ordinance in Grand Rapids that protects brick-and-mortar businesses while giving freedom to food trucks.
Tax. Opposed changes to the way Michigan’s Tax Tribunal would handle real property assessments and appeals for businesses and some residential property cases. Promoted workforce development opportunities by advocating for Community Colleges to have greater flexibility when expanding their district boundaries.
9-1-1. Saved businesses money by supporting a delay to a mandate that requires businesses to install equipment and software to track the exact location when making a 9-1-1 call.