Gov’t Affairs News: Lawmakers head home for the holidays

Happy Holidays

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.

New minimum wage for Michigan employees

Effective January 1, 2018, Michigan workers will see an increase in the minimum wage rate from $8.90 to $9.25. This new change to state law marks the final step of a gradual 25 percent increase of the minimum wage that started in 2016.

Federal tax reform puzzle: Proposals may be good fit for retailers

By Amy Drumm, MRA Vice President, Government Affairs

Retailers who file their business taxes separate from their personal income taxes, could see a significant reduction in the amount of taxes they pay if either of the two tax reform plans working their way through Congress are signed into law.

Gov’t Affairs News: Federal tax reform steals the show

All eyes on Washington

Over the past few weeks we’ve seen more action at the federal level on tax reform than on issues retailers are following in Michigan. Shocking, I know.

OSHA extends electronic reporting requirement to Dec. 15

Retailers may recall our story about a new deadline for medium- to large-sized employers to start reporting OSHA injury and illness data electronically.

The deadline has been extended yet again –

Retailers report increased October sales

LANSING–Michigan retailers say their sales rose during October compared to September numbers, according to the Michigan Retail Index, a joint project of Michigan Retailers Association (MRA) and the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

Gov’t Affairs News: Hurry up, it’s time for vacation

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.

UPS will charge holiday rate

If you use UPS for your small package residential shipments, expect to see a jump in costs this holiday season.

UPS announced it will add a 27-cent charge on all Ground residential packages from Nov.19 to Dec.

When disaster strikes, how do downtowns recover?

By Rick Haglund

The Corner Bar’s imprint on downtown Rockford is far wider than its name implies.

“When you told people from outside the area that you were from Rockford,

INSURANCE: Medicare open enrollment for 2018 coverage has begun

By Ally Nemetz, Customer Service/Data Administration

The Medicare annual enrollment period has begun; you have until Dec. 7 to enroll or make changes for coverage that takes effect Jan.