Chamber PAC Endorsements Victorious in National, State Election

Last week, the Detroit Regional Chamber’s Political Action Committee (PAC) continued its record of successfully endorsing strong, pro-business candidates at the local, state and federal level. With the Chamber PAC’s support, more than 92 percent of endorsed candidates won their respective races in the Nov. 8 election, including:

  • Nine candidates for U.S. Congress, including the highly contested District 8 race, where Congressman Mike Bishop (R-Rochester) won re-election.
  • 51 of 53 candidates for the Michigan House of Representatives, which includes 25 Democrats and 26 Republicans. Of note, highly contested candidate races such as Klint Kesto (R-Commerce Twp.) in the 39th District and Diana Farrington (R-Utica) in the 30th District won their respective election bid.
  • Congresswoman Candice Miller was elected Macomb County Public Works Commissioner.
  • Janeé Ayers was re-elected to the Detroit City Council.
  • Iris Taylor, Misha Stallworth and Sonya Mays were elected to the Detroit School Board.

“The 2016 election furthers the Chamber’s bipartisan efforts to elect public officials who will positively contribute to the success of Southeast Michigan businesses,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Chamber. “All officials elected in this cycle will play a crucial role in deciding the future for the Southeast Michigan economy and will support policies that help Detroit continue to grow.”

Regional Transit Authority (RTA) Millage Proposal

The Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan’s millage proposal to connect Macomb, Oakland, Washtenaw and Wayne counties with safe, reliable infrastructure did not pass. The Chamber was a chief proponent of the proposal’s passage. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah issued the following statement:

“To say we’re disappointed is an understatement. However, we respect the will of the voters and will continue to seek solutions to connect our region and provide mobility to those without access to personal vehicles.”

Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) Ordinances

Detroit voters decided how to best regulate and control community development projects with a “no” vote on Proposal A and a “yes” vote on Proposal B. Chamber President and CEO Sandy Baruah issued the following statement on the passing of Proposal B regarding the Community Benefits Agreement (CBA) ordinances:

“We thought Proposal B was better and we’re glad the citizens of Detroit agreed. Proposal B strikes a balance between economic realities and the needs of our citizens.”

For more information on the Chamber’s government relations activity, contact Jason Puscas at 248.709.4866 or


Community Benefits Agreement: 5 Ways ‘Proposal A’ is Awful for Business

In response to two community benefits agreements on the Nov. 8 ballot, this week The Detroit News called on voters to reject Proposal A. This vote comes at a critical time for the city, which is working to keep its positive momentum in the post-bankruptcy era. The Detroit Regional Chamber is unified with Mayor Mike Duggan to ensure the ballot option that best creates opportunity and jobs for Detroiters without providing an obstacle that deters future development and job creation. That is why the Chamber is also supporting a ‘No’ vote on Proposal A.

Why is ‘Proposal A’ awful for Detroit?

Since 2014, Detroit’s residents have gained over 15,000 jobs, and unemployment is at its lowest point since 2001. Proposal A is a burdensome and unmanageable regulation that would halt growth and innovation.

As the first ordinance of its kind in the United States, Proposal A:

  1. Makes Detroit uniquely uncompetitive for new investment, encouraging businesses and developers to choose elsewhere.
  2. Leaves potential job creators at risk to negotiate on their own and shifts the decision to approve private investment in the city from elected officials and planning professionals to unelected and/or ad hoc community groups.
  3. Sets no limits on the number of people involved in negotiations, who they are, or how they are selected.
  4. Sets no time limits on the process, potentially stalling projects and blocking jobs for months or even years.
  5. Allows nearby suburban communities to negotiate community benefits for Detroit projects.

Learn more about Proposal A and why it is awful for Detroit.