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CHAMBER TAKES NEUTRAL POSITION ON STATEWIDE...

For years, the Jackson County Chamber has been a strong advocate for increased transportation investment.  It is estimated that the minimum needed to improve the condition of roads in Michigan is $1.2 billion per year.  In the final days of the 2014 legislative session, legislators and the Governor placed a Constitutional amendment on the May 5, 2015 ballot for voters to approve or reject.  If approved by voters, the amendment...

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Vote No On Aug 5th Storm Water Ballot

The Jackson City Council adopted a resolution putting the Storm Water Fee to a public vote on the August 5th ballot. The proposed ordinance language adds various sections to Article VI of Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Jackson, Michigan to bring Chapter 27 of the Code of Ordinances to authorize a charge for storm water control that is reasonably proportionate to the direct and indirect costs of providing storm water control...

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Chamber Opposes Minimum Wage Increase

The Jackson Chamber asked members how the proposed minimum wage increase would impact your business and your response was resoundingly against the increase.  Your Chamber is standing with job providers and against a minimum wage increase because it could result in Michigan having the highest minimum wage rate in the nation, making our state uncompetitive in the race for jobs and economic development.The Jackson Chamber believes...

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Balancing Act May Be Ahead For Federal Balanced...

Republicans may have to nix some popular ideas if they want to advance Michigan's push for a federal balanced budget amendment.  After the House's second committee hearing on the matter Thursday, Democrats said they want to introduce a slew of amendments that would allow a convention of the states to look at some other changes to the U.S. Constitution along with the requirement for a balanced budget.  According to a list of...

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Mainstreet Fairness Gets Its Day In The Senate

A Senate committee discussed legislation designed to force more online retailers to collect Michigan's 6% sales tax from its customers.  The "Mainstreet Fairness" proposal put forward by Sen. Jim ANANICH (D-Flint) didn't get a vote in the Senate Economic Development Committee, but Chair Mike KOWALL (R-White Lake) pledged to keep looking into the issue.  He said Tuesday he would prefer to see how a...

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Unions to Seek Minimum Wage Increase in 2014

A coalition with strong ties to Michigan labor unions recently announced its intentions to place a minimum wage increase on the 2014 General Election ballot.  Although proponents have yet to announce the increase they plan to present to voters, we expect the proposal to call for an increase in Michigan’s $7.40 minimum wage to anywhere from $9.25 to $10.10 per hour. Read more here (link to 

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Governor Snyder Presents Fiscal Year 2014-2015...

Wednesday, Governor Rick Snyder, Lt. Governor Brian Calley and State Budget Director John Nixon presented the executive budget for the 2014 – 2015 fiscal year which begins on October 1, 2014.  The recommended budget totals $52.1 billion, with nearly three-fourths of dollars going towards education and health and human services.  They touted the proposal as one that will pay the state’s bills, invest wisely and save for the...

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2013 City Council Election

On Tuesday, November 5th, Jackson City residents have an opportunity to vote for Mayor and Wards 1, 3 and 5 City Councilmembers.In accordance with its mission and strategic plan, the Chamber asked the candidates to complete questionnaires so that our members can be informed about the candidates' opinions on business issues.All candidates listed with the City Clerk's office were given a chance to respond.  The responses received are...

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Marketplace Fairness (online taxes)

The Chamber is supporting Marketplace Fairness and Main Street Fairness bills to create a level playing field for local businesses.   Please contact your state and federal legislators to let them know these bills are important for our local economy and businesses.  

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Governor's Regional Prosperity Initiative

The Regional Prosperity Initiative is a voluntary competitive grant process that is included in the Governor’s FY 2014 Executive Budget Recommendation to encourage local private, public and non-profit partners to create vibrant regional economies. The legislature approved the recommended process and the Regional Prosperity Initiative was signed into law as a part of the FY 2014 budget (59 PA 2013).

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2013 Reference Guide to Elected Leaders

The attached reference guide will help you make and keep contact with our elected leaders in 2013.

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Personal Property Tax One Sheet

Michigan Municipal League published a one sheet of information on the Personal Property Tax legislation.  Access it by clicking the link below.

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Right to Work One Sheet

Michigan Municipal League published a one sheet of information on Right to Work.  Click link below to access.

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More Companies Pay Benefits To Keep Employees At...

JANUARY 10, 2013 • BLOOMBERG NEWS Some states are adding a new twist to the old concept of unemployment insurance: Paying to keep Americans in their jobs rather than giving them cash when they lose them. Washington state has subsidized incomes for dental technicians and plumbers while Rhode Island paid factory and health care workers when their employers couldn’t. Almost 460,000 jobs have been saved through such...

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Freedom to Work Bills Approved by State...

Earlier today, the Michigan House voted by a margin of 58-52 to send landmark Freedom to Work legislation (Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003) to Governor Snyder for his signature. This legislation will make Michigan the nation's 24th Freedom to Work state and better position us to attract and retain good paying jobs and further improve our economic competitiveness.While the legislative debate may have concluded, many anti-Freedom to...

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Governor's Special Message on Energy and the...

This morning Governor Rick Snyder presented his final special message of the year, which focused on energy and the environment.  The Governor views these as symbiotic topics that can and should be addressed in a cohesive manner. To begin his message, the Governor presented his three pillars of energy; reliability, affordability and protecting the environment (see attachment, “Ensuring Michigan’s Future”).  The state...

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State Rep. Shirkey Introduces Legislative for...

JACKSON, MI - State Rep. Mike Shirkey has introduced legislation that would make it easier for military spouses who move to Michigan to find work. Under House Bills 5994-96  Michigan would recognize valid teaching certificates and health-care and real estate licenses issued from other states. If the legislation passes, Michigan would join 23 other states with similar laws. Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, also plans to introduce follow-up...

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State Rep. Shirkey Assistance House Majority...

JACKSON, MI – State Rep. Mike Shirkey, who was chosen as the assistant House majority floor leader Thursday afternoon, said he will encourage “robust” debates. Shirkey, R-Clark Lake, will also receive committee assignments for the new legislative session; those assignments have not been announced yet. "As an assistant majority floor leader, I will encourage robust debate and discussion on the important issues facing Michigan...

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November 2012 Ballot

Be informed.  Read this information on the 2012 Michigan ballot referendum and proposals so you know the truth when voting on November 6th. FIND YOUR BALLOT SAMPLE & VOTING LOCATIONS HERE:   https://webapps.sos.state.mi.us/mivote/                                    Statewide Ballot Proposals           ...

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Update on Ballot Referendum/Initiative

Controversy Continues on the Bargaining Rights Ballot ReferendumThe Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week that the emergency manager ballot referendum’s type meets the required 14 point font size and thus the issue will be placed on this November’s ballot.  Justice Mary Beth Kelly, who was nominated by the Republican Party, joined the three Justices nominated by the Democratic Party in ordering the Board of Canvassers to...

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Current Issues

  • Update on Ballot...

    Controversy Continues on the Bargaining Rights Ballot ReferendumThe Michigan Supreme Court ruled 4-3 last week that the emergency manager ballot...

  • Representative...

    Legislature passes second consecutive early budget  The Michigan Legislature has passed a budget ahead of deadline for the second consecutive...

  • Governor &...

    An agreement on spending targets by the governor and legislative leaders has been reached, and it paves the way for the earliest completion date of...



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