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June 24: Candidate Spotlight Kicks Off with Rep. Rudy Hobbs, New BLM Video Stresses Importance of Voting ‘Yes’ on Prop 1

Candidate Spotlight – Rep. Rudy Hobbs for the 14th Congressional District

Leadership positions in the Michigan Legislature are hard to win, and are not often given up. But that’s just what former House Minority Floor Leader Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield) did when he decided to run for the open 14th Congressional District, which spans parts of Oakland County, the Grosse Pointes and portions of Detroit.

Building on its efforts to identify and support pro-economic development candidates from both sides of the aisle, the Chamber Political Action Committee (PAC) Board endorsed Hobbs last week. In making the endorsement, Chamber PAC Board Chair, Terence Thomas said: “Rudy Hobbs will bring the kind of fresh leadership and new ideas that the most diverse congressional district in Michigan requires. Representative Hobbs has proven over his career his ability to work across the aisle, lead his colleagues and make a meaningful impact.”

The Chamber will continue to highlight endorsed candidates each week until the election. For a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here.

Business Leaders for Michigan Video Shows Importance of Voting ‘Yes’ on Proposal 1 in August

Business Leaders for Michigan recently released a brief video to reinforce the importance of Michigan residents voting ‘yes’ on Proposal 1 on the August 5 ballot, which would repeal the personal property tax (PPT) throughout Michigan. As a member of Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities, the Detroit Regional Chamber, along with other business organizations around the state support Proposal 1 because the PPT penalizes Michigan businesses every time they make an investment in the state, whether it pertains to purchasing physical assets or expanding the workforce.

Repeal of the PPT will bolster business attraction efforts, as site selectors have long cited the tax as one of the deterrents for investing in the state. It will phase out the tax on small businesses and manufacturers, and create a stable source of state funding for local government and services. Please share this video with your networks.

Chamber CEO Joins Michigan Leaders as Gov. Snyder Signs Detroit Bankruptcy Legislation

Governor Rick Snyder signed legislation on Friday, June 20 that adds $195 million in state aid to a pool of $466 million in private funds to help Detroit emerge from bankruptcy. The Chamber advocated heavily in favor of the legislation as it will help limit cuts to city pensions and protect art at the Detroit Institute of Arts as part of the Grand Bargain.

Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah joined business, community, foundation and philanthropic leaders as well as U.S. District Chief Judge Gerald Rosen, Mayor Mike Duggan and Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr, as the Governor signed the legislation. Following the signing, Governor Snyder emphasized that work still needs to be done to turn around Detroit after decades of decline, as voting among creditors and retirees lasts until July 11 and the city’s confirmation hearings begin Aug. 14. To read more, click here.

Washington Post Visits Mackinac Policy Conference to  Highlight Gov. Snyder as ‘Country’s Most Unusual Republican’

A recent Washington Post article, by a reporter who attended the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference, bills Governor Rick Snyder as the “country’s most unusual Republican,” stemming from his bipartisan actions to move Michigan forward. The article highlighted specific actions taken by the Governor that stem from either side of the political aisle: increasing Michigan’s minimum wage, rallying the Legislature to pass Detroit bankruptcy settlement legislation, signing right-to-work legislation, expanding Medicaid and encouraging immigration of high-skill workers.

The article echoes the sentiment delivered by S.E. Cupp, host of CNN’s “Crossfire,” at the Conference, as she noted an admiration for Governor Snyder’s ability to keep a low profile and focus on the issues of his state without chasing national attention. Originally the first major organization to endorse Governor Snyder’s initial candidacy in the gubernatorial election in 2010, the Chamber’s Political Action Committee announced its endorsement of his re-election bid in February. To read the Washington Post article, click here.

Detroit Featured as Model City for Economy Regeneration in UK’s The Independent

Detroit’s turnaround should be a model for British cities aiming to adapt to the new global economy. That was the message in a recent article from United Kingdom’s The Independent. The article showcased Detroit as a part of the metro revolution that is transforming the lives of millions of citizens and rebuilding the shattered U.S. economy. It specifically noted the clustering of education and health sectors in Midtown as a driving force behind the city’s resurgence. To read more, click here.      

Leadership Detroit Hosts Commencement for Class XXXV, Kresge’s Rip Rapson Delivers Remarks

The Chamber’s Leadership Detroit program hosted the commencement for its 35th class on Thursday, June 19, which featured 70 executives from across the region, representing a cross-section of the community, including business, organized labor, government, education, media, civic groups, health services and community organizations.

Rip Rapson, president and CEO of The Kresge Foundation, spoke at the commencement ceremony, discussing the unique role that business and community leaders play in moving the Detroit region forward. The Leadership Detroit experience emphasized the commonality of issues and challenges that face today’s leaders, across industries and communities. To view the full roster of Leadership Detroit Class XXXV graduates, click here.