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August 6: Proposal 1 Passes as Michigan’s Reinvention Continues; Three of Four Chamber-Backed Congressional Candidates Advance in Primary

Proposal 1 Passes as Michigan’s Reinvention Continues, Chamber Thanks Members for Support

The Detroit Regional Chamber thanks its membership, affiliates, and supporters, including Michigan Citizens for Strong and Safe Communities, for their support of Proposal 1. In a major win for businesses and communities, voters across Michigan approved the Proposal 69% to 31%, eliminating the state’s unfair Personal Property Tax. The vote ensures that businesses will no longer have to pay the double tax on equipment and that vital city services will remain strong.

Proposal 1 is a crucial step in the state’s continued reinvention and solidifies Michigan’s rising profile as a magnet for investment under Governor Rick Snyder’s leadership. Its passage is estimated to create an additional 15,000 jobs and generate $450 million in investment.

The Chamber was a staunch advocate for Proposal 1 and made achieving a “Yes” vote part of the 2014 Mackinac Policy Conference To-Do List . As part of these efforts, the Chamber launched an aggressive communications campaign including media appearances and guest columns, a toolkit distributed to membership and a volunteer phone bank led by staff.

To learn more about how the passage of Proposal 1 is a win for Michigan, click here

Three of Four Chamber-Backed Congressional Candidates Advance in Primary

In one of the most important midterm primary elections in recent memory, three of four Chamber-endorsed candidates cruised to victory on Tuesday, marking a key step in rebuilding Michigan’s clout in Congress after a wave of retirements. According to unofficial, preliminary results:

  • Former state Senate Majority LeaderMike Bishop defeated State Rep. Tom McMillin (R-Rochester Hills) 60% to 40% in the 8th District,
  • Dave Trott defeated incumbent U.S. Rep.Kerry Bentivolio (R-Milford) 66% to 34% in the 11th District, and
  • Former Chamber Board Member Debbie Dingell defeated Raymond Mullins 78% to 22% in the Democratic primary in the 12th District.

Chamber Congratulates Sheriff Evans and Mayor Lawrence in Respective Wins

The Chamber congratulates former Wayne County Sheriff Warren Evans and Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence in their respective victories in last night’s primary for Wayne County Executive and U.S Representative in the 14th District. The Chamber looks forward to working with both to move the region and state forward. A word of gratitude is also due to Chamber-endorsed candidates Westland Mayor Bill Wild and state Senator Rudy Hobbs for their hard-fought campaigns.

Chamber-Endorsed Candidates Win Tough Races

With many candidates facing fierce challenges in their primaries, several Chamber-backed hopefuls pulled out victories in tough races. The Chamber was proud to support the following winners in key races due to their commitment to pro-economic development policy and their willingness to work across the aisle to get results.

Key victories were earned in state Senate Districts 4 and 37 by Sen.Virgil Smith (D-Detroit) and Rep.Wayne Schmidt (R-Traverse City), as well in the House in District 9 and District 46 by Rep.Harvey Santana (D-Detroit) and Rep.Bradford Jacobsen (R-Oxford), respectively. To see a full list of Chamber-endorsed candidates, click here .

MEDC and MICHauto Tour with Michigan-based Vehicles to Promote Auto Industry’s Role in Michigan’ Economic Comeback, Future Growth

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program and the Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) kicked off a tour with a fleet of vehicles with ties to Michigan traveling to the Center for Automotive Research’s Management Briefing Seminars in Traverse City this week.

The tour is designed to raise awareness about the impact of the automotive industry on Michigan’s economic comeback, and the role it will play in the state’s future. In 2013, 28 Michigan counties received more than $2.3 billion in automotive investment, creating nearly 11,000 jobs.

The six vehicles comprising the tour – Chevrolet Silverado, Chrysler Jeep Grand Cherokee, Ford F-150, Ford Mustang, Nissan Rogue, Toyota Tundra – will feature logos from Pure Michigan and the Detroit Regional Chamber/MICHauto and represent a variety of manufacturers and suppliers that assemble, design and/or engineer world-class vehicles in Michigan. Future tour stops include the Woodward Dream Cruise on Aug. 16 and theMICHauto Summit on Sept. 23.

To learn more, click here.

Register for Inside the CEO Mind Featuring Caitlin James of DROUGHT, Sept. 4

Hear from Caitlin James, managing partner and co-founder of DROUGHT – an organic raw juice company, at Inside the CEO Mind on Thursday, September 4 at DROUGHT Detroit. James will discuss the challenges and successes DROUGHT has faced throughout its start up and why DROUGHT is now thriving in the region. To learn more and register, click here .

Governor Snyder, Canadian Minister of Transport Announce Creation of International Authorities to Oversee NITC Construction

Last week, Governor Rick Snyder and Canadian Minister of Transport Lisa Raitt announced appointments to two new international authorities that will help oversee the development of the New International Trade Crossing (NITC), which remains the Chamber’s top public policy priority. The Windsor-Detroit Bridge Authority will manage the selection of a developer, construction progress, as well as the collection of tolls, and the Canada-Michigan International Authority will handle all land-acquisition needed for the bridge and customs facilities.

The announcement is a significant step toward the groundbreaking of this project. The Chamber continues to advocate for the NITC, including in support of Congressman Gary Peters’ legislation to construct federal customs plazas at high-volume crossings like Detroit-Windsor. Spanning over the busiest border crossing in North America, the completion of the NITC would create both short and long-term jobs, and spur economic activity throughout the Detroit region.