Despite the snow and ice, it’s spring in Michigan
This update covers the tail end of the March session prior to the legislature’s two-week spring break and legislators’ first week back in regular session.
House committee tackles drug pricing
The House Health Policy Committee started work on legislation that would require drug manufacturers to file an annual report detailing their expenses related to producing drugs that cost $10,000 or more for an annual course of treatment.
November ballot could see many proposals that impact retailers
While it’s still early in the year, MRA has been keeping a close eye on several proposed ballot proposals including two that would raise Michigan’s minimum wage to $12 an hour and mandate paid leave policies.
Governor gives legislature two victories, budget season begins
Legislators scored a major victory last week as the Gov. Snyder agreed to forgive $637.1 million in outstanding driver responsibility fees and raise the personal income tax exemption to $4,900 by 2021.
Gov. Snyder’s last state of the state: jobs, civility and recycling
Late last month Gov. Rick Snyder gave his eighth and final State of the State address. He took the opportunity to recap all the progress Michigan has made in the past seven years and to share the items still on his to-do list before he leaves office.
Welcome back and welcome grocers!
Legislators are back and wasted no time getting back up to speed. The House and Senate returned on Jan. 11 and have been busy working on tax relief for citizens.
The legislature adjourned this week for the year and will not return until Wednesday, Jan. 10. Accordingly, our government affairs updates will be put on hold until after the holidays.
Legislature takes quick break before year-end push
The legislature made sure to rush through a list of items the last two weeks before heading out on its two-week “hunting break” that falls each year between Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving.