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Wednesday
Jul292015

BUSINESS LEADERS ECONOMIC FORECAST: In Short- and Long-Term, Job Leaders Think the MI and U.S. Economies will Stay Flat

DETROIT, Mich., July 30, 2015 – According to a survey conducted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, the majority of Michigan’s largest employers project that the Michigan and U.S. economies will remain flat in the next 6 to 18 months.  

“The majority of Michigan’s largest employers believe that the state's economy will remain essentially the same over the next six to eighteen months – and only slightly outpace the nation over the same time period,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “Recent global conditions in China, Europe and the Middle East are clearly having an impact. But Michigan’s inability to adopt a long-term road solution and talk of dramatically scaling-back economic development have also contributed to a climate of uncertainty.” 

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Tuesday
Jul142015

BLM Issues Recommendations for Boosting Natural Resources Economy

DETROIT, Mich. —Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today released The Michigan Natural Resources Business Plan: Leveraging Our Assets to Make Michigan a Top Ten State,  showing how Michigan could better leverage its strengths in natural resources, from tourism to agriculture and beyond.

Currently, Michigan’s natural resource industries provide over 7 percent of all Michigan jobs, create over $32 billion in GDP, and account for over $400 billion in sales, according to the report. Exports of natural resource industry products from Michigan account for over $61 billion annually.

“Our natural assets are a powerful engine for economic growth,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President & CEO. “Managed responsibly, with careful attention to long-term environmental impact, Michigan has tremendous opportunities to harness these assets and share them—profitably—with the world.”

Natural resources was one of the six industry clusters identified in BLM’s New Michigan strategy as having the most potential to grow good paying and sustainable jobs in Michigan.  The BLM Natural Resources report identifies the industries within our natural resources sector with the greatest opportunity for growth, including tourism and outdoor recreation, agriculture and food processing, timber and renewable energy industries.

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Tuesday
Jul142015

Letter to Michigan Legislative leaders about road funding plans 

Memo

To:  Michigan Media

From: Kelly Chesney, BLM VP of Marketing and Communications

Date: July 14, 2015

Re: Letter to Michigan Legislative leaders about road funding plans

Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, delivered the attached letter to the leaders of the Michigan House and Senate outlining our stance on the road funding proposals passed by the Legislature.

Both the House and Senate plans rely on redirecting at least $700 million of income tax revenue from the General Fund to transportation. Permanently shifting such significant General Fund revenue to roads will no doubt have a negative impact in other areas that are critical to Michigan's growth - areas like job training and higher education - that are essential to developing the talent Michigan employers need to compete. 

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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Thursday
Jul092015

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 http://crcmich.org/Expanding_Michigans_Fiscal_Notes-2015/.

The Michigan Turnaround Plan can be accessed at www.MichiganTurnaroundPlan.com.

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Wednesday
Jul012015

Business Leaders for Michigan issues statement in response to Senate road funding package

DETROIT, Mich., July 1, 2015  – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today issued the following statement in response to the road funding package passed by the Michigan Senate.

“The Senate road funding plan is an improvement over the House package. By raising the state’s gas tax, it asks the users of our system to help ensure good quality road and bridge conditions,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO.  “However, like the House plan, the Senate package redirects a significant percentage of income tax revenue from the General Fund to transportation. We remain seriously concerned about this shift and the potential negative impact it could have on other critical priorities that are important to growing jobs and our economy.”

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Wednesday
Jun102015

Business Leaders for Michigan issues statement in response to House Road Funding Package

DETROIT, Mich.  – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today issued the following statement expressing its disappointment over the road funding package passed by the House of Representatives today.

“The House road funding plan is the wrong direction for Michigan,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO.  “Michigan needs a permanent, long-term solution to increase road repair funding without raiding the General Fund and hurting other critical priorities that are important to our economy.  The revenue should come from the users of our roads and bridges and be sufficient to ensure good quality road and bridge conditions.  We look forward to working with the Senate on a solution that meets these thresholds.”

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Friday
May222015

BLM Poll & Policy Principles Outline Path Forward on MI Road Funding

Statewide Survey Shows Voters Ready to Fund Road Fixes

DETROIT, Mich., May 26, 2015 — Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM) today issued a set of principles and the results of a recent statewide public opinion poll that outline how Michigan’s roads and bridges should be fixed in light of the defeat of Proposal 1. 

The public opinion polling results show Michigan voters want the roads fixed—and they are willing to pay for the work— but policymakers need to shape a less complex proposal. More than half of survey respondents who voted no on Proposal 1 said they believed the initiative gave tax money away to too many other things.  The survey also revealed that nearly 80 percent of voters believe the state’s roads are worse than other states.

“Michigan voters know the roads are bad, and they are willing to fund the right solution for fixing them,” said BLM President & CEO Doug Rothwell.  “The message this survey sends to our state leaders is twofold—deal with this issue quickly, and don’t tie too many extra bells and whistles onto a funding package that should simply be about getting our roads and bridges in better shape.”

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Wednesday
May062015

Business Leaders for Michigan issues statement in response to the defeat of Proposal 1

DETROIT, Mich.  – Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the state’s business roundtable, today issued the following statement expressing its disappointment over the defeat of Proposal 1 and the need for urgency in finding an alternative solution to fix Michigan’s crumbling transportation infrastructure system. 

Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO said, “We are disappointed that it didn’t pass.  Now the problem has become harder because the cost of fixing our roads goes up the longer we delay.  We believe the Governor and legislature should immediately begin the work to find a permanent, long-term solution to increase road repair funding without raiding the General Fund and hurting other critical priorities like job training and college affordability.  These steps might include increasing vehicle registration fees, increasing the gas tax, issuing a bond or other actions within the control of the legislature.  Losing another road repair season just puts us farther behind.”

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Monday
Mar232015

Leveraging MI’s Most Valuable Assets

BLM New Michigan Summit leaders: “Opportunities are only meaningful if we act on them”

LANSING, Mich., March 26, 2015 — Nearly 500 Michigan business and policy leaders convened in  Lansing today to explore the state’s most promising economic growth opportunities.

Hosted by Business Leaders for Michigan (BLM), the third annual Building a New Michigan Leadership Summit offered projections, data, and strategies for accelerating Michigan’s economy. 

“Michigan has natural assets and strengths capable of driving long-term job, income and GDP growth,” said Doug Rothwell, BLM President and CEO. “But these opportunities are only meaningful if we act on them in smart, aggressive ways. We’re in a fast-paced global race for economic leadership. We must maximize every opportunity we have if we’re going to win.”

Rothwell highlighted his organization’s latest report on each of six key opportunity areas identified in the Michigan Turnaround Plan’s New Michigan strategy as having the best potential to create good paying jobs in the state.  “Michigan can be a global leader, but we have to aggressively build upon our strengths,” Rothwell said.  “As a Top Ten competitor, our state stands to gain 230,000 more jobs, $14,000 more in average annual earnings, and $36,500 more in per capita GDP. We can’t afford not to get serious about each of these opportunities.”

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Thursday
Feb262015

MI Universities Outperforming U.S. Peers in Key Categories

Efforts to control costs and increase access continue

DETROIT, Mich., February 26, 2015  Performance data for each of Michigan’s 15 public universities, released online today by Business Leaders for Michigan, shows the state’s higher education sector is performing better than most peers in producing talent while working to control costs and increase access.

 The Michigan Performance Tracker for Public Universities reports on about 30 different metrics that measure productivity and efficiency, affordability and access, and economic impact. 

Visitors to the Performance Tracker can see exactly how much Michigan invests in its public universities compared to other states as well as how Michigan’s universities compare to peer universities in other states on graduation rates, degrees awarded in critical skills areas (including science, technology, engineering and math), and the cost of attendance. 

Data available in the dashboard shows that most Michigan universities receive less state appropriations but generally out-perform their national peers.

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