Legislative Advocacy

Founded in 1940 to represent the retail industry on a sales tax issue in the Michigan Legislature, MRA has continued its keen focus on legislative affairs. The Association works to secure passage of retail-friendly legislation in Michigan and protect the retail industry from costly and harmful taxes and regulations.

Key accomplishments during MRA’s more than 70-year history include: 

  • Modernized the state’s costly and burdensome item pricing law by giving retailers price marking flexibility and saving retailers and consumers money 
  • Pro-retail changes in sales tax collection 
  • Corrected unemployment compensation formula by making it more experience rated so retailers were not subsidizing other industries 
  • Helped lead a business coalition which tightened the definition of “disability” for workers’ compensation to ensure that benefits paid related to workplace injuries
  • Phased out the Single Business Tax and replaced the Michigan Business Tax with a more business-friendly corporate profits tax 
  • Strengthened bad-check and retail-theft protections 
  • Reformed regulations on installment sales and consumer credit

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel William J. Hallan oversees the Association’s legislative advocacy efforts. Prior to joining Michigan Retailers, Hallan was a litigator in the Dykema law firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo School of Law and a graduate of Denison University.

The government affairs department also includes Government Affairs Director Amy Drumm. Drumm was the legislative director for Michigan State Representative Sharon Tyler for three years prior to joining Michigan Retailers and is a graduate of the University of Michigan.

Contact the government affairs department at govt_affairs@retailers.com.

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