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Michigan Business Groups Form New Coalition to Fight ‘Anti-Growth Bills

October 10, 2023

Crain’s Detroit Business
Oct. 4, 2023
David Eggert

Four major business groups have formed a new coalition to fight bills they say are anti-business and anti-growth, urging the Democratic-led Michigan Legislature to not rush to pass them in what could be an abbreviated fall session.

Great Lakes Growth was announced Wednesday by the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the Michigan Manufacturers Association, the Detroit Regional Chamber, and the Grand Rapids Chamber. The goal, the organizations’ lobbyists said, is to have a unified, clear voice against four measures as well as an umbrella group that continues on future issues.

The legislation would mandate family and medical paid leave, drastically boost clean electricity requirements, limit the “misclassification” of independent contractors and let municipalities set local minimum wages, benefit levels and other workplace rules.

Brad Williams, the Detroit chamber’s vice president of government relations, said “the volume of issues” that members are calling about led the groups to create the coalition.