Rehmann to host Cyber Security Threats & Best Practices Forum

TROY, Mich., April 4, 2019 – Rehmann announced today that they will host a Cyber Security Threats & Best Practices Forum at the Detroit Marriott Troy Hotel in Troy on May 9, 2019.

The forum is presented in partnership with The Michigan Chamber of Commerce and WatchGuard Technologies. The forum will feature a live hacking demo and keynote presentation by Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer of WatchGuard Technologies, along with a panel discussion focused around detection and response and how to mitigate your risks.

“We are excited to host a cyber security event in Metro Detroit to discuss this hot topic and how important it is to be aware of the trends and threats companies face,” said John Hey, Rehmann principal. “Our presenters and panelists will provide our attendees with great knowledge to help them detect and respond to such threats.”

Panelists and speakers include:

•Jim Carpp, chief digital officer and vice chairman of the board at Rehmann
•John Hey, principal at Rehmann
•Bill Kowalski, JD, principal and director of operations for Corporate Investigative Services at Rehmann
•Jessica Dore, CISA, Rehmann principal – Technology Risk Management
•Corey Nachreiner, chief technology officer of WatchGuard Technologies
•Jay Ryerse, certified CIIP and chief technology officer of Security at Continuum

The event begins at 1:30 p.m. and concludes at 4:30 p.m. There will be a reception following the event, along with the opportunity to meet with The Michigan Chamber, WatchGuard Technologies, and the Rehmann team. Reserve your seat online at https://rehmanncyberforum.eventbrite.com.

About Rehmann

Rehmann is a fully integrated financial services firm of CPAs & consultants, wealth advisors and corporate investigators dedicated to providing clients proactive ideas and solutions to help them prosper professionally and personally. Additionally, through a unique combination with Trivalent Group®, a top 100 managed IT service provider, we have expanded our technology capabilities and launched a managed IT solutions practice. As of September 2018, we have been named to the 2018 MSSP Alert Top 100 Managed Security Services Providers (MSSP) list. Rehmann has nearly 900 associates in Michigan, Ohio and Florida. Rehmann is an independent member of Nexia International, offering clients a global approach. Find us online at rehmann.com.

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Proposed repeal of Michigan ‘pension tax’ prompts fairness debate

March 19, 2019

Bridge Magazine

By: Lindsay VanHulle

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Fewer private-sector companies are offering defined-benefit retirement plans, what are traditionally considered employer-promised pensions. More are opting instead for defined-contribution, 401k-style savings accounts, to which employees contribute money and employers can match.

The public sector has been slower to make that change, said Lupher, of the Citizens Research Council. Many local governments struggle to set aside enough money to cover their full pension obligation, which they’re constitutionally required to pay out to retirees.

And Michiganders are getting older. In May 2008, the Citizens Research Council issued a report on the state’s fiscal future that noted that tax-exempt retirement income will limit state income tax growth as more residents retire.

“We’ve gone all in on these IRA-type plans, these self-investment type plans, for your retirement, and people aren’t investing enough,” Lupher said. “At some point, we’re going to have a lot of poor retirees, people working beyond retirement age, because they can’t afford to retire. And so levying a tax on top of that is, at some point, going to be kicking people while they’re down. But I think (policymakers are) trying to worry about: How are we going to fix the roads and how are we going to fund schools?”

Business groups that support keeping the tax in place, including the Detroit Regional Chamber and the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, say the decision eight years ago to tax more retirement income addressed the fairness issue.

“Everybody’s utilizing government services,” said Dan Papineau, director of tax policy and regulatory affairs for the Michigan Chamber. “I think it struck a balance between all seniors, in whatever financial situation they’re in.”

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Biz groups push plan to raise $1.2B for state infrastructure repairs

From Crain’s Detroit Business

February 25, 2013

By Chris Gautz

Business groups representing the state’s largest industries gathered Monday morning to again urge the Michigan Legislature to act on a plan to increase revenue by about $1.2 billion annually for infrastructure repairs in the state.

The point was clear from those in the room: Doing nothing is not an option.

The form of the plan crafted by the Legislature to increase revenue is open for debate. Most business leaders prefer a system based on user fees that would affect both individuals and businesses and would be similar to what Gov. Rick Snyder put forward in his proposed budget this month.

Snyder’s plan would raise both gas and diesel taxes at the pump to a flat 33 cents a gallon and increase registration fees for vehicles and heavy trucks.

“User fees are the best and the fairest way to fund transportation,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

Mike Johnston, vice president of government affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association, said that taking no action will just make the problem bigger later, requiring an even higher gas tax increase eventually.

“We’ve addressed so many structural problems here in Michigan, and transportation stands out like a sore thumb,” Johnston said. “It’s something that has to be addressed, and we ought to do it now.”

Jim Holcomb, senior vice president of business advocacy and general counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, said it is comparing apples and oranges to say the business community received large tax breaks in the past two years and therefore should shoulder more of the burden in this plan.

Chamber members recognize that transportation is an essential government service and are willing to pay for it, he said, as they would under a plan to increase gas taxes and registration fees.

Williams said the need to fix the state’s infrastructure is great, especially in Southeast Michigan.

“We need the Legislature to invest to make sure that those pieces of infrastructure stay in good condition and that our businesses can make sure they get their products to market,” Williams said.

Right now across the state, the condition of the roads hurts the condition of food products that farmers ship, said Matt Smego, legislative counsel for the Michigan Farm Bureau.

Some farmers have indicated that they lose anywhere from 5 percent to 10 percent of their fresh product because it is bounced around and damaged while traveling on state roads, Smego said.

Ninety percent of agricultural freight in the state travels over Michigan’s roads and bridges, he said.

“We work in a global marketplace, and so shipping that product all over the world is important, and we’ve got to have the infrastructure necessary to do that,” Smego said.

Part of the hesitance to approve Snyder’s plan or something close to it is that everyone thinks someone else should pay for the improvements and that constituents are telling their lawmakers to vote against raising the gas tax or registration fees.

But neither the Detroit nor Michigan chambers would commit to including a vote in support of increased transportation funding on their legislative scorecards this year.

“No one vote determines whether or not you get the political support of the Detroit Regional Chamber,” Williams said.

But he noted that transportation funding is at the top of the chamber’s legislative priorities this year.

Chris Gautz: (517) 403-4403, cgautz@crain.com. Twitter: @chrisgautz