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Decline to Sign Campaign to Raise Awareness About Job-Killing Petition Drive

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For over 100 years, the Detroit Regional Chamber has been committed to serving its members and driving prosperity across Southeast Michigan. As a new petition drive to raise the state’s corporate income tax (CIT) emerges, the Chamber is once again standing behind that commitment and working to keep Michigan’s economy strong.

Through email, social media and other communication platforms, the Chamber will use its newly launched Decline to Sign campaign to raise awareness and inform voters about the damaging effects of the petition, which would nearly double Michigan’s CIT from 6 to 11 percent.

While the petition aims to fund transportation repairs, it does so at the expense of the state’s future economic growth, hurting existing employers and deterring investors from considering Michigan as a place to do business. It also undermines the landmark tax reform of 2011 that has served as a catalyst for reinvention and increased jobs and investment.

In a recent Crain’s Detroit Business article, the Chamber’s Vice President of Government Relations Brad Williams outlined exactly why the petition drive is misguided.

“You can’t fix this (roads) problem by creating a new one. This proposal is going to create a huge one … Businesses have many choices. If this goes through, Michigan’s going to be a less-desirable choice.”

The Chamber is actively working to offer a more comprehensive, sustainable solution to Michigan’s road funding crisis. In Lansing, the Government Relations team continues to advocate for legislation that adheres to the Chamber’s “Five Principles for Transportation Funding.”

The Chamber will continue to oppose this ill-advised, job-killing petition. To learn more about the Decline to Sign campaign, visit detroitchamber.com/declinetosign.