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Business Leaders for Michigan is an organization dedicated to making Michigan a "Top Ten" state for jobs, personal income and a healthy economy. Serving as the state's business roundtable, Business Leaders for Michigan is composed of the chairpersons, chief executives or most senior executives of the state’s largest job providers and universities. Read more...

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Thursday
Dec182014

Business Leaders for Michigan Supports Road Funding Package

LANSING, Mich. December 18, 2014 —Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, announced today that it was pleased Governor Snyder and the Michigan Legislature reached an agreement on a proposal to increase investments in Michigan’s transportation infrastructure. 

Doug Rothwell, President & CEO said: “We are pleased to see Michigan’s transportation needs being addressed. Today's actions will help Michigan build on the turnaround that’s underway in our state by making meaningful investments that will accelerate our growth. The proposal will fix our roads and represents a big step toward a broader long-term solution to expand the capacity of our roads to grow the economy.  While there is some risk in relying on a ballot measure that requires a strong public awareness campaign, this proposal offers some very positive benefits for citizens, schools, communities and businesses alike.”

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Tuesday
Dec092014

SOS for MI roads & bridges! 

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 for "Save Our State." Our newfound economic recovery is jeopardized when people and businesses can't move their products and services with ease. 

The saying "you get what you pay for" could not be truer. Michigan has bad roads that are too congested because we spend only half of what our neighbors do, and it shows. 

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Tuesday
Dec022014

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

By Detroit Free Press Guest Writer Jeff Fettig, Chairman & CEO of Whirlpool Corporation and Chairman of Business Leaders for Michigan.

As winter takes hold, Michiganders will encounter one of our state’s most challenging issues — deficient roads and bridges. I think everyone has their own personal story of how our bad roads have affected them, whether in unplanned and costly car repairs or overall aggravation that comes from dealing with bad weather on top of potholes.

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."

It starts with a commitment to build and maintain a world-class transportation infrastructure. Not only do poor-quality roads wreak havoc on our vehicles daily, they can add unnecessary costs and shipping delays for businesses, which harms everyone overall.

Michigan’s urban roadways are in such poor condition — they’ve earned us a ranking of 45th in the nation, according to our analysis of federal data. Not a big surprise, considering Michigan spends nearly one-half of the average of Great Lakes states on its roads. Moreover, 33% of our state’s bridges are deficient. Businesses contemplating a Michigan location take these factors into account.

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Tuesday
Dec022014

LET'S FIX OUR ROADS NOW!

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.

These conditions are unacceptable for MI drivers and for businesses working to deliver products and goods to the world market.

As MI lawmakers wrap up their work in December, it is important that they find a long-term funding solution for state roads and bridges. MI only spends about half the Great Lakes average on its roads, and it is reflected in the condition of them. Our failure to invest adequately in our transportation infrastructure today will ultimately result in fewer jobs, lower income and reduced GDP.

If MI truly wants to compete, we need to invest in a system of safe and sound roads and bridges for our residents and businesses. While we know it's not easy to raise taxes in the short term, we need to remain focused on our long-term economic objectives and do what is right keep drivers and businesses on the move.

This week, the Michigan House of Representatives will be discussing how to fund our roads and bridges. Click here to find your legislator and let them know that MI needs a long-term transportation solution, that is:

  • Large enough to solve the problem. It's not enough to just fix what we have. We need a solution that allows us to expand capacity as well.
  • Sustainable. We cannot continue to use General Fund dollars to support roads when those dollars need to be prioritized for our other urgent needs - training and educating our workforce.
  • Efficient and effective. Any new revenues must go to our transportation infrastructure and come with guarantees that taxpayer dollars will be spent efficiently and effectively.

Your voice matters! Let our legislators know that you support a long-term funding solution for roads and bridges.

Thursday
Nov132014

Business Leaders for Michigan Applauds Passage of MI Senate’s Transportation Package

DETROIT, Mich. – Business Leaders for Michigan, the state’s business roundtable, strongly applauded today the Senate passage of a long-term solution to fix Michigan’s roads and bridges. 

Doug Rothwell, BLM President & CEO, said that today’s Senate action will help existing Michigan companies and prospective businesses see that our state is willing to take care of itself. 

“Business executives rank access to and condition of highways as one of the top factors in making site location decisions,” Rothwell said. “If we want to protect the jobs we have and grow new jobs, we need to fix our roads and bridges. Today was a major step in the right direction.” 

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