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Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Endorses Governor Rick Snyder

Wednesday, June 18, 2014   (0 Comments)
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For Immediate Release                                                                                                Ross Woodstock

                                                                                                                                                Kolt Communications, Inc

June 18, 2014                                                                                                                    517-706-0001/517-410-7636

                                                                                                                                            Ross@koltpr.com

Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Endorses Governor Rick Snyder

Governor Commended for His Role in Cutting Taxes, Restoring State’s Credit Rating, Increasing Funding for Higher Education, Public Safety and Transportation

Lansing-MI) – The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) has announced its endorsement of Governor Rick Snyder in his bid for a second term in office.  In announcing its endorsement, LRC-PAC officials praised the Governor for being a problem solver who put politics aside, and for using a common sense approach in tackling some of the state’s most difficult issues.

“Governor Snyder has been able to deliver badly needed tax relief that will encourage business growth and investment in Michigan, most notably the elimination of the Michigan Business Tax and Personal Property Tax,” said Kristin Beltzer, senior vice president for government relations & public affairs for the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC). “He has demonstrated an ability to break down political barriers and work successfully with people on both sides of the aisle—all in the spirit of what’s best for Michigan, now and in the future.”

After a decade of out-of-control spending, tax hikes and government shutdowns, Michigan’s fiscal house is finally back in order with balanced budgets on time for four consecutive years and counting. Governor Snyder has eliminated the state’s $1.5 billion structural deficit, and Michigan has over $500 million in its rainy day fund. Gov. Snyder’s latest budget proposal focuses resources on increasing funding for classrooms, local communities, public safety and tax relief.

LRCC publically supported several of Governor’s latest budget initiatives, most notably his call for an increase in spending for higher education, investing in upgrades to the state’s transportation system and the repeal of the Personal Property Tax.  LRCC has also been actively involved in promoting the Governor’s Clean Energy Initiative, which emphasizes increased renewable energy standards.

The Greater Lansing region was recently selected as one of the Governor’s regions for a so-called prosperity grant.   LRCC has teamed up with LEAP, Michigan State University, Lansing Community College, Capital Area Michigan Works and Tri-County Regional Planning Commission to create a five-year Economic Prosperity Plan that will serve as a blueprint for regional collaboration and economic development.

“We are most pleased with the fact that Governor Snyder has recognized the potential for great things in our region,” said Beltzer.  “There is a tremendous amount of work that is being done by the Chamber and many of our partners that will point Greater Lansing toward a new era of economic prosperity.”

The mission of the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) is to be the preeminent business advocacy organization in the Greater Lansing region by collaborating for economic growth, creating new opportunities for our members and upholding pro-business ideals through the advancement of sound public policy. More information about LRCC and its programs and services can be found on any of its social media platforms, including www.lansingchamber.org, Facebook, Twitter (@Lansing Chamber), LinkedIn and YouTube.

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