Government Affairs News

Governmental Affairs: May 8, 2015

Aftermath of Prop 15-1’s failure: fast search for “Plan B”

Voters resoundingly rejected Proposal 15-1 on Tuesday. The proposal to amend the Michigan Constitution to increase the sales tax by one cent and adopt other measures to fund road repairs received approval from only 20 percent of voters.

Governmental Affairs: April 24, 2015

Annual legislative reception another success

Michigan Retailers Association held its annual legislative reception on Tuesday and had excellent attendance. Thirty-two legislators attended, including Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich,

Governmental Affairs: March 27, 2015

Legislators leave for two-week break

Legislators are on a two-week break, starting today. Accordingly, MRA will not send a Government Affairs News update until after legislators return on April 14.

Governmental Affairs: March 13, 2015

Gov. Snyder’s energy message focuses on the future

Gov. Snyder released a special message on energy today focusing on renewable energy and reducing energy waste. The governor said he could support expanding Michigan’s renewable energy portfolio standard for utilities to 24% by 2025.

Governmental Affairs: February 27, 2015

Retail fraud bills to be reintroduced

2014 legislation that would allow for the recovery of law enforcement costs related to retail fraud cases will be reintroduced this term. Last year’s Senate bill never made it out of a House committee due to confusion that the bill would add new penalties for retail fraud.

Governmental Affairs: February 13, 2015

Democrats make paid sick leave a priority

House and Senate democrats have introduced paid sick leave legislation and made it a priority issue for their caucuses. The legislation, HB 4167 and SB 101,

Governmental Affairs: January 30, 2015

Democrats make paid sick leave a priority

House and Senate democrats have introduced paid sick leave legislation and made it a priority issue for their caucuses. The legislation, HB 4167 and SB 101,

Governmental Affairs News: December 19, 2014

Lame-duck session ends after passing Main Street Fairness

The 97th Michigan Legislature wrapped up its lame-duck session shortly before 7 a.m. today and delivered a huge victory for retailers before adjourning.

2014 Election Results: November 6, 2014

Voters agree Gov. Snyder earned four more years

Few experts imagined the governor’s race would be among the earlier calls of the night, but news outlets began projecting Republican Gov.