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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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Business Leaders Announce Support for Personal Property Tax Reform Legislation

Urge legislature to act on bills pending before House Tax Committee

DETROIT, Mich., December 6, 2012 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, announced today that it was supporting legislation to phase-out the Personal Property Tax.  In a letter to House Tax Policy Chairman Jud Gilbert, whose committee is responsible for advancing the legislation, Business Leaders for Michigan President and CEO Doug Rothwell called the bills a responsible way to “phase-out the personal property tax on Michigan businesses while making sure that our local communities can continue to provide necessary services efficiently and effectively.  This tax is a burden for the businesses that pay it and the local units of government that collect it.” 

Many of Michigan’s competitor states don’t collect a Personal Property Tax.  According to studies conducted by BLM, this tax is a contributing factor to Michigan having an above-average cost of doing business.  “The tax discourages investment in the equipment and technology that will create more jobs. This is especially important for the many manufacturers that have been at the center of our recovery and are major employers in our communities,” said Rothwell.  “We’ve been trying to reform this tax for decades.  Now is the time to act.”


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What is Right For Michigan?

At the November 6 Election, we face choices that will impact our future and the future of our state. These choices will be presented to us in the form of six ballot proposals.

BLM supports Proposal 1 which asks us to decide whether to keep the Emergency Manager Law that is helping financially troubled communities regain financial stability.

BLM opposes Proposals 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 which ask us to decide whether to permanently embed in our Constitution specific labor, tax, energy, and bridge-and-tunnel building policies that promote the interests of particular groups at the expense of Michigan's hardworking taxpayers and families by making it more costly to live, work and raise a family here.

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Brian Larche joins Business Leaders for Michigan

Chairman, President & CEO of Engineered Machined Products, Inc. has  a history of leadership and a dedication to job creation

DETROIT, Mich. – Oct. 23, 2012 – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) today announced Brian Larche, Chairman, President & CEO of Engineered Machined Products, Inc. (EMP), as its newest member.

“Business Leaders for Michigan is honored to have Brian Larche join our organization,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “Under his leadership, Engineered Machined Products, Inc. has seen significant growth in both sales and employees.  Brian is well-regarded as the head of EMP and has proven his commitment to growing jobs here in Michigan. We are pleased to have him as a member of BLM, and look forward to having his innovative approach at the table as we work together to move Michigan forward.”

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Business Leaders Forecast: Michigan's Growth Will Be Stalled By U.S. Economy in Next 18 Months

Continue to believe Michigan will be more resilient than U.S. economy overall

DETROIT, Mich., October 18, 2012Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, forecasts that Michigan’s economy will be stalled by slower U.S. economic growth over the next year or two, but continues to believe the state’s economy will be more resilient than the nation overall.  While the BLM CEOs believe Michigan cannot avoid being impacted by a deteriorating American economy, one-third still expects to increase their investments and hiring in Michigan.      

“Michigan’s largest job providers are very concerned about the direction our national economy is headed in,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO.  “They believe America’s economic growth is being severely impacted by unresolved policy matters ranging from debt reduction and taxes to new regulation and spending priorities.  The reason they believe Michigan’s economy will merely stall and not shrink due to national forces is because Michigan has addressed these same issues over the past two years.  We’ve done pretty well to grow as much as we have these past few years despite the slowdown of the American economy.”

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Doug Rothwell: Business Leaders weigh in on proposals

There are consequences for failure. That’s the simple truth.

As a state, Michigan failed to make difficult decisions for far too long. We spent money we didn’t have, our tax structure penalized hard work, and we didn’t take a long-term, common sense approach to planning for the state’s future.

The consequences were severe — we grew a mountain of debt, our economy faltered, and the great state that our parents knew was relegated to the national image that its best days were in the past. Nobody understands this better than the hard working people of Michigan. They bore the brunt of our economic struggles over the last decade, and many watched as their children and grandchildren left the state to find opportunity elsewhere.

But things are starting to change. Gov. Rick Snyder and House and Senate leaders are making the difficult decisions. For the last two years, our leaders passed balanced budgets without gimmicks or surprises; they spent only what the state could afford; they reduced our debt; they created a better tax system that rewards hard work; they asked for greater efficiency and accountability for our tax dollars; and they prioritized investments in areas that will provide better opportunities and a brighter future for Michigan.

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