Legislature quickly takes up bills to prevent local taxes on food
The House and Senate Michigan Competitiveness Committees took up legislation this week that MRA has been working on to keep food and beverages tax-free at the local level.
Legislators returned from summer break this week and session will continue into mid-late December. The legislature will take its normal 2-week hunting break over the Thanksgiving holiday. All indications point to the fall session being fairly light.
After a sluggish start, we are now at the mid-point of a Pure Michigan summer and from all reports coming into our Lansing-based “world headquarters” it’s been favorable for many of our members.
John Mayleben, CPP, is a consultant to Michigan Retailers Association and is MRA’s retired senior vice president technology and new product development. He is a national expert on electronic payment processing and was the first person in Michigan and among the first in the nation to receive the Certified Payments Professional (CPP) designation from the national Electronic Transactions Association.
by Tom Scott, MRA Senior Vice President Communications and Marketing
Note: Publisher Jim Hallan invited Michigan Retailer Editor Tom Scott to use his column for a farewell on the eve of retirement after 24 years with MRA.
Legislature leaves for summer break
This week the legislature adjourned for its annual summer recess. Well, mostly. Each chamber designates one session day in July and August in order to take up any urgent business that may arise during the break.
Imagine paying an additional 20 percent tax on many of the products you sell. It would be a budget-busting expense for most retailers. But that’s exactly what will happen if Congress passes a Border Adjustment Tax (BAT) as part of its larger tax reform plan.
by William J. Hallan, Executive Vice President, Chief Operating Officer and General Counsel
Balance is not easy to achieve. Especially when it comes to maintaining employee privacy while also protecting your business interests.