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 Michigan Retailers Association advocacy accomplishments:

  • Pre-empted local governments from passing ordinances and policies dealing with employee wages and benefits
  • Prohibited local product bans or local taxes on plastic bags, food and beverages
  • Enacted Main Street Fairness legislation to help level the playing field for Michigan retail businesses
  • Modernized the state’s costly and burdensome item pricing law by giving retailers price marking flexibility and saving retailers and consumers money
  • Cracked down on organized retail crime through passage of the Organized Retail Crime Act and creation of the Organized Retail Crime Advisory Board
  • Pro-retail changes in sales tax collection
  • Phased out the Single Business Tax and replaced the Michigan Business Tax with a more  business-friendly corporate profits tax

The Government Affairs Team

Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel William J. Hallan
Before joining Michigan Retailers, Hallan was a litigator in the Dykema law firm’s Bloomfield Hills office. He holds a law degree from University of Toledo School of Law and is a graduate of Denison University.

Vice President, Government Affairs Amy Drumm
Drumm was the legislative director for Michigan State Rep. Sharon Tyler for three years before joining Michigan Retailers. She’s a University of Michigan graduate.

Bill Hallan and Amy Drumm with former Michigan Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter (R-Mt. Pleasant).