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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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Consistency Will Build a New Michigan

Ask any business leader what they value most in a location and they'll tell you a healthy business climate is key.  And they're right. Thriving communities, a talented workforce, favorable tax and regulatory environments and strong infrastructure do matter-a lot.
But there's more to the story. If the business climate is cyclical or prone to change, it becomes very difficult for a business to make any lasting headway. Therefore, smart business leaders will add a caveat to their answer, telling you they want a consistently healthy business climate. 
Businesses typically make investments that take years to recoup. Economic, political or structural volatility prevents companies from delivering predictable results for shareholders and investors.   While MI has made great progress the past five years rebuilding our economy, there are warning signs that we're forgetting this first axiom of business success.

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Business Leaders for Michigan urges support for fiscal notes

DETROIT, Mich.  – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today issued the following statement encouraging the Michigan Legislature to provide fiscal impact statements for all legislation.

Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO said, “The adoption of fiscal notes for all legislation has been a part of our Michigan Turnaround Plan (MTP) from the beginning. Michigan businesses, residents and municipalities deserve to know how every piece of proposed legislation could affect them.

“One of the objectives of the MTP is to create an attractive and competitive environment for job providers to start or grow a business. Adopting fiscal notes for pending and enacted legislation is a piece of that puzzle, and a good step towards reducing future financial uncertainty and strengthening Michigan’s fiscal stability.

“We encourage members of the Michigan House and Senate to take a look at the new report issued by the Citizens Research Council of Michigan on this topic, which provides insight into how our fiscal agencies could provide this critical information.”

The Citizens Research Council of Michigan Report, The Cost of Legislation: Expanding Michigan's Fiscal Notes can be found at

The Michigan Turnaround Plan can be accessed at

Download the statement 


No Time to Lose 

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 assets that matter most, our transportation and higher education infrastructure, and take steps to cement the gains we've made so far.

BLM is a strong supporter of this May's road funding ballot proposal. We're also pushing hard for increased funding for job training and the state's colleges and universities. We applaud the Governor's 2016 budget recommendation because it recognizes the importance of these things in boosting incomes and growing jobs. Our agenda also includes ongoing work to ensure support for the growth of New Michigan industries like life sciences, mobility, engineering, natural resources, and logistics. We are aggressively working to help grow the things that matter most-transforming Michigan into a center for innovation and an aspirational destination for all.

It's going to be an exciting year as Michigan takes more steps toward its future as a Top Ten state. 


Accelerating Job Growth via Investments in Higher Ed

How do we keep our recent job growth success going?  One way is by giving more kids a chance to earn technical or college degrees.  All the data says we'll need more workers with an education beyond high school in the years ahead and that they will make and work more over their careers than those with just a high school degree.

But in Michigan, we've made it harder for kids to get the education they need.  We went from being a Top Ten to a Bottom Ten state for college affordability over the past decade due to a dramatic decline in state support.  The result was a cost shift to students and parents at a time when they could least afford it. 

The state began modestly reinvesting in college education the past two years.  This year, Governor Snyder proposed a 6% increase that would keep tuition at or below the rate of inflation.  BLM strongly supports the Governor's proposal and urges you to call your legislator and ask them to do the same.  Nothing could better help us fill the jobs of the future.

 Richardville Support for Higher Ed 03.18.14


Business Leaders For Michigan 1Q Economic Outlook Survey

More optimistic about outlook for Michigan than U.S.

DETROIT, Mich., May 10, 2012 – A survey of Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, shows that the state’s largest employers are more optimistic about Michigan’s short and long-term economic outlook than for the nation. 

“Michigan’s largest job providers are bullish on the state’s economic prospects and backing it up with increased hiring and investment,” said Doug Rothwell, President & CEO.  “Business leader optimism about the state’s long-term economy is at a three year high and nearly a third of the largest job providers are planning increased hiring and investment in the next six months.”

Download the full survey