In this issue:
- State Budget Update
- Business Liability Bills
- PPE Tax Relief Package
State Budget Update
A revised 2021 state budget is moving forward with Governor Whitmer, the State Senate, and State House of Representatives successfully negotiating budget spending priorities. Earlier this year, there was speculation that there were possibly billions of dollars in cuts because of the coronavirus. However, cuts were limited to $250 million because of the federal government relief efforts and both income and sales tax revenues that came in stronger than forecasted.
Key Lansing Regional Chamber Budget Priorities
- $30 million for the Michigan Reconnect program to help Michiganders 25 or older who do not have a college degree. (Policy Priority: Talent & Workforce Development)
- $28.7 million for the Going Pro program for employer-based training programs. (Policy Priority: Talent & Workforce Development)
- $3 million for statewide pre-apprenticeship program focused on building trades in the construction industry. (Chamber Policy Priority: Talent & Workforce Development)
- $14.3 million in broadband funding to expand internet access. (Chamber Policy Priority: Regional Infrastructure)
- $1.7 million for Forest Road Roundabout. (Chamber Policy Priority: Regional Infrastructure)
- FY 2020-21 General Omnibus Conference Report
- FY 2020-21 General Omnibus Conference Report Analysis
- FY 2020-21 Education Omnibus Conference Report
- FY 2020-21 Education Omnibus Conference Report Analysis
Business Liability Bills Move to the State Senate
A package of bills aimed at providing common-sense COVID-19 legal reform measures was passed by the State House of Representatives and heads to the State Senate. The LRCC joined several business and health care groups in supporting the legislation.
The legislation ensures that all employers in all sectors who take reasonable steps to follow public health guidelines will be protected against needless lawsuits. The legislation we are supporting is a win-win. It will incentivize employers to protect and promote workplace and customer safety and protect organizations against the acute economic threat of COVID-19 related lawsuits.
Business Liability Coalition Letter is available here.
PPE Tax Relief Package
A package of bills (House Bill 6033House Bill 6034House Bill 6035) to provide exemptions and tax credits for businesses that have purchased personal protection equipment (PPE) for their place of business are in front of the State House Tax Policy Committee. In addition to providing PPE tax relief, businesses must show they have a robust COVID-10 safety plan. The LRCC is supportive of these bills.