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

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.

General Counsel Thomas Clement
Clement was previously General Counsel for the Michigan Supreme Court, where he managed litigation matters involving the Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals and the State Court Administrative Office. He received a Bachelor of Science degree from Western Michigan University and a Juris Doctorate from the Michigan State University College of Law.

 

Amy Drumm presents Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey with the 2018 Legislator of the Year award. (Photo by Patrick D. Kerwin)
Amy Drumm presents Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake) with the 2018 Legislator of the Year award. (Photo by Patrick D. Kerwin)