From CEO Bill Hallan: At MRA, essential work goes on. Just differently.


This morning I stopped to get coffee on my way into the office and I immediately wiped the cup down with a Clorox wipe. Who does that?

Ways to take credit cards during the COVID-19 crisis

As we continue to grapple with the impact of Covid-19 on retailers and develop new ways to provide goods and services in this radically different landscape, let’s review ways to safely take credit card purchases while lowering processing costs.

Emergency Paid Sick Leave and FMLA coverage

On March 18, President Trump signed the Families First Coronavirus Response Act into law. That law added two new emergency benefits that employees are eligible for from smaller employers (under 500 employees).

Resources on Michigan’s price gouging law and state closures/updates on COVID-19

In this issue:

  • Gov. Whitmer declares state of emergency COVID-19 confirmed in Michigan
  • Worth remembering: price gouging = prices grossly in excess of normal price points
  • Supplemental approved to partially restore Pure Michigan funding
  • Ypsilanti adds criminal felony convictions to anti-discrimination ordinance
  • Resources for retailers
  • Regulatory round-up

NOTICE TO MRA MEMBERS – MRA will remain open and available to assist you


EV charging bills move, tobacco vaping changes discussed and prescription drug cost/reimbursement

Pure Michigan funding debate, tobacco law updates introduced

In this issue:

  • Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding
  • Bipartisan package to update tobacco/vaping laws introduced
  • Legislators mulling bank and grocery store-based Secretary of State locations
  • FDA begins enforcement on certain flavored vaping products
  • State scraps switching pharmacy Medicaid reimbursement to fee-for-service plan
  • Regulatory round-up
  • 2019-2020 bill tracker

Senate subcommittee pushes Pure Michigan funding

Following an overview of the proposed Labor and Economic Opportunity budget,

In their own words: Hastings Ace Hardware’s Jerry and Lyndy Bolthouse

When you think of a family- and community-focused business, Hastings Ace Hardware would vie for top honors. Parents of current owner, Jerry Bolthouse, can prove it. Gerald and Anna Bolthouse had 13 children,

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In this issue:

  • Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address
  • Commission approves liquor packaging changes
  • Changes to bottle deposit escheats introduced
  • Pharmacy members please note: Michigan close to decision on carving out of the Medicaid pharmacy benefit from managed care
  • Regulatory round-up

Governor focuses on working alone in second State of the State address

In the shortest State of the State speech in memory,

Road funding questions and guidance from the FDA

In this issue:

  • What could a road funding plan look like?
  • UIA obligation assessment phased out early
  • FDA bans fruit and mint flavored cartridge-based e-cigs effective Feb.

Year end legislative wrap up, bill signing, notices

In this issue:

  • Legislature on break until Jan. 8
  • Whitmer signs marketplace facilitator bills
  • Treasury opines that kombucha subject to deposit law as of May 1
  • Michigan Supreme Court declines to issue an advisory opinion on min.