Capitol Connection Newsletter: Dec. 7, 2021
In This Issue:
- Winning Michigan Jobs
- December is Career Exploration and Awareness Month in Michigan
- $400 Per Vehicle Announced in Auto Insurance Refunds
- 2021 MNRTF Development Project Recommendations Announced
Winning Jobs Michigan
The Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce (LRCC) joined over 20 organizations and leaders throughout the state as part of the Winning Michigan Jobs Coalition to collectively help Michigan regain a competitive edge in the race for new jobs and investment. LRCC members continue to indicate that the most important priorities they want the LRCC team to focus on are supporting policies that create jobs and strengthen our economy and working on solutions to our talent and workforce development challenges.
It’s Career Exploration and Awareness Month in Michigan!
The entire month of December is Career Exploration and Awareness Month in Michigan. The LRCC has been highly proactive in providing opportunities for those seeking new careers, new programs to grow worker skills through additional training, and bringing awareness to further educational opportunities. Talent and workforce development are among the top areas that LRCC members support our team on working on with our partners at the local, state, and federal levels of government.
- Individuals of all ages are encouraged to check out the Michigan Career and Education Pathfinder at Pathfinder.MiTalent.org to explore careers and identify educational opportunities in Michigan.
- The Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity works closely with the Michigan Bureau of Labor Market Information and Strategic Initiatives within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget to highlight career and labor trends in the state. These include Michigan’s Hot 50 report, covering high-demand, high-wage careers that show a favorable mix of long-term job growth, projected annual job openings, and median wages.
- Visit Pure Michigan Talent Connect at MiTalent.org. This is the state’s system for connecting Michigan job seekers and employers. There are more than 100,000 jobs on the site right now.
- Workers interested in education beyond high school to gain the skills they need for rewarding careers are encouraged to explore free education and training resources like Skills to Work and the Michigan Reconnect program that provides free tuition to Michiganders age 25 and older.
- The LRCC Member Job Board provides updated local jobs throughout our region.
$400 Per Vehicle Announced in Auto Insurance Refunds
Per Gongwer News Service, the Michigan Catastrophic Claims Association (MCCA) will refund $3 billion of its $5 billion projected surpluses, resulting in refunds of $400 per vehicle.
In a letter dated Monday to Department of Insurance and Financial Services Director Anita Fox, MCCA Executive Director Kevin Clinton said the organization anticipates the refunds will be distributed to members by March 9, 2022, with an exact time still being determined.
In a statement, Governor Gretchen Whitmer said it appeared motorists would receive refunds during the second quarter of 2022. Ms. Whitmer had called for the MCCA to return the entire surplus to motorists. However, she later clarified she wanted it to refund the maximum possible while still maintaining the balance necessary to assure the quality of care to those catastrophically injured and receiving coverage of care through the fund. Under the 2019 no-fault law changes, the MCCA analyzed the need for a refund to motorists later next year. Ms. Whitmer recently called for that process to be moved up.
2021 MNRTF Development Project Recommendations Announced
The Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund (MNRTF) projects provide natural resource protection and outdoor recreation. The 2021 MNRTF Development Project Recommendations have been announced.