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One More Item On Our 2018 To-Do List

December 12, 2018

Leading What’s Next… As we come to the end of another calendar year, it’s great to reflect on all that has been accomplished. We’ve made new strides in connecting business with education to develop skilled trades talent, and the state has been a great partner in investing in apprenticeship and training programs. Our unemployment rate...

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It’s Time to Get Down to Business

January 20, 2018

The Amazon decision should rally us to work harder, much harder, to produce the talent we need to create good jobs.

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A New Year with New Opportunities to Grow

January 12, 2018

In 2018, BLM will be working to codify into law the practices that have been used to strengthen Michigan's fiscal position. We will continue to emphasize the importance of producing the talent we need to create good jobs by improving our K-12 and job training systems, and making college education more affordable.

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Press Releases

Joint Letter to Gov. Snyder on Maintaining K-12 Standards & Assessments

December 6, 2017

View a copy of a December 5, 2017  letter sent to Governor Rick Snyder from Business Leaders for Michigan, Detroit Regional Chamber and the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce expressing strong opposition to the changes recently proposed by the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) to the M-STEP – the third round of changes in...

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Key Steps to a Stronger Michigan

June 13, 2017

There are three major items before the legislature that need swift action that are essential to strengthening our state: 1) finalizing the budget 2) addressing unfunded pension liabilities, and 3) improving Michigan's ability to compete for large scale projects with hundreds of good paying jobs.

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Let’s Bring More Good Paying Jobs to Michigan

May 10, 2017

Michigan doesn't just need more jobs, we need more good jobs-jobs that help people afford the food, housing, child care and transportation they need to be prosperous. Good paying jobs will allow our residents to grow and thrive. Good paying jobs will make our state stronger and more competitive.

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Growing more good jobs for Michigan

March 8, 2017

We've got to do whatever it takes to grow more and better jobs right here at home. That includes making sure Michigan has basic but essential economic development and jobs attraction tool it needs to compete - a simple but potent tax incentive that's transparent, doesn't pick winners and losers and only pays out if jobs are created

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What’s next for Michigan?

February 13, 2017

Now, more than six years into MI's economic recovery, it's time to start looking ahead. We've been growing quickly, but will this growth be enough to sustain us in the event of a future economic downturn?

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Building the Infrastructure to Support a New Michigan

January 14, 2017

Thanks to the Governor's leadership on this issue, we now have findings from the 21st Century Infrastructure Commission that suggest there is better way of planning and prioritizing the state's future projects, so we can generate more efficient, effective results.

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 Michigan’s Journey to “Top Ten”

December 22, 2016

Our benchmarking shows that MI has succeeded in growing jobs and becoming more cost competitive since 2009. But progress raising income levels and GDP has been slower as most metrics that measure the value of locating in MI have mostly held steady over the same period.

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Getting Down to Business

November 16, 2016

Senate Bills 1153-55 are now under discussion and, if passed, these common-sense incentives could help make our state far more competitive.

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More Work to Do

October 20, 2016

One item that's high on our to do list is leveling the playing field with competitor states by adopting stronger tools to attract and grow good paying jobs.

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Detroit Free Press Op-Ed: Michigan Shouldn’t Dump M-STEP Test

August 30, 2016

The results from last spring’s M-STEP assessment, released this morning, show how far we have to go to make Michigan a top 10 education state.

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Change: Resist It At Our Peril

August 8, 2016

To achieve the most positive gains for our state, we must plan for the future and embrace change. Michigan has the assets to thrive in the emerging economy, if we have the collective will to recognize it and work towards it, together.

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We All Have A Role in Building a New Michigan

July 15, 2016

The August 2nd Primary Election provides Michigan voters the opportunity to choose their Michigan House of Representatives candidates for the General Election this fall. By casting an informed vote, you can help ensure that our state continues the turnaround that is already underway.

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