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Letter to Michigan Legislative leaders about road funding plans

July 14, 2015

Dear Leaders: We appreciate the work you are doing to find a long-term solution to fixing our roads. Earlier this year, Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) established five principles to evaluate road funding proposals...

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Letter to Michigan Legislative leaders about road funding plans

July 14, 2015

As the voice of many of Michigan’s largest job providers, we ask that our legislators to act swiftly and cohesively to address the long-term funding demands of our transportation system while protecting the critical services our residents rely on and the important programs which bring good-paying jobs to our state.

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Let’s Fund Roads the Right Way

July 7, 2015

We’ve been here before. Last year, our state leaders couldn’t agree on how to fix our roads, so they crafted Proposal 1 and asked the voters to decide. We all know how that turned out. Now, we have a second chance. The House and Senate have again passed different plans for fixing our roads. This...

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In Finding a Road Solution, Let’s Not Solve One Problem by Creating Another

June 8, 2015

Michigan lawmakers are working quickly to identify a stronger road funding solution for our state. We’ve begun to hear some of their proposals, and it’s clear we’re still a long way from the finish line. While we wait, the condition of our roads and bridges continues to deteriorate. It’s more than just frustrating for motorists,...

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How will rising Medicaid costs affect Michigan?

May 18, 2015

Higher education is the most likely function of state government to be impacted by rising Medicaid costs according to Moody’s Analytics. See how your state is forecasted to be impacted. Read the Moody’s Analytics report: Crowded Out: The Outlook for State Higher Education Spending.  

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Michigan’s property taxes impact our competitiveness.

May 15, 2015

Property taxes don’t get as much attention as corporate tax rates as a site selection factor. But as more states improve their corporate tax competitiveness, these taxes are becoming more noticeable. For example, Michigan’s property tax rates are higher than all the states to our south – which happen to be the states we most...

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Where does Michigan rank in supporting entrepreneurs?

May 11, 2015

Creating a great environment to support entrepreneurs isn’t just about low tax rates.  If that was the case, Michigan would be number one – we exempt small business from paying our corporate income tax. Entrepreneurs also need talent (Michigan ranks below average in education attainment), infrastructure (Michigan has some of the worst roads in the...

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On May 5, Let’s Fix the Roads!

May 5, 2015

Just two weeks ago, a national transportation research group released its report on our roads. No surprise, it detailed the rapidly deteriorating condition of Michigan's roads and the need for significantly more funding in order to repair them.

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On May 5, Let’s Fix the Roads with Proposal 1!

March 19, 2015

Imagine you’re driving up I-75 from Ohio, and you cross the border. You see the beautiful blue sign welcoming you to Michigan, and suddenly the smooth road beneath your wheels gives way to a crumbling, tooth-rattling mess. Is this really what we want “Pure Michigan” to mean to our families, our tourists, or worst of...

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No Time to Lose

February 17, 2015

The 2015 legislative session is already underway, and it’s clear that state lawmakers and the Governor have a busy year planned. So do we. There’s no time to lose when it comes to implementing The Michigan Turnaround Plan.In fact, we must act more aggressively than ever to boost jobs and incomes. We need to invest in the...

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2015: Charting a path to a vibrant, prosperous future

January 7, 2015

Our state has come a long way over the last few years. State government finances are more stable. Changes to our tax system have reduced the burden for small businesses and entrepreneurs. Long-term debt has been reduced. Unnecessary regulations have been eliminated.  We’ve made great gains. Our state is performing better but what was necessary then is not what...

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SOS for MI roads & bridges!

December 9, 2014

When you need help, you send out an SOS.  Here in Michigan, SOS could stand for “Save Our Streets.” Michigan’s urban roads are appalling-a shameful 45th in the nation. Even worse, one-third of the state’s bridges are deficient.  Action is needed to ensure the quality and safety of all Michigan roadways.  SOS could also stand...

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Michigan needs sustainable fix to road problem (Detroit Free Press)

December 2, 2014

While our economic recovery remains strong — jobs and personal income are growing again, and gross domestic product is on the rise — we still have large gaps to fill, namely in our roads.

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Let’s Fix Our Roads Now!

December 2, 2014

Michigan's urban roadways are crumbling. It's not a surprise that that they rank 45th in the nation. Even worse, one-third of the state's bridges are deficient.

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Register today for the 3rd Annual Michigan CEO Summit!

October 9, 2014

The Michigan CEO Summit is a do-not-miss event for business and community leaders. MI is coming back, but to continue the gains made, we need to aggressively up our game and prepare our businesses and state to thrive in a fiercely competitive global market.

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