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The Voice of Business Making an Impact

Saturday, September 1, 2018  
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One of the most important roles that we play at the Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce is to serve as the voice of business and regional changemakers. In our busy world it isn’t possible for most business people to be actively involved in monitoring the work of government and our elected officials. Our government relations team is at the table every day on your behalf.

Our role as business advocates involves critically important functions. First, through our Lansing Regional Chamber Political Action Committee (LRC-PAC) we interview, endorse and actively support candidates for office that embrace our vision for building a better region. Secondly, we are engaged in public policy that come before our elected officials at the local, state and federal levels. We advocate for pro-business, pro-growth policies that encourage investment, job creation and economic prosperity in our region.

The 2018 election year is pivotal for our region on many levels. At stake is the Governor’s office, a U.S. Senate seat and control of Congress. The state legislature is also up for grabs and could potentially see a shift come November. Locally, county commission seats are among those being contested.

LRC-PAC endorsed candidates enjoyed a highly successful night in the August primary. More details can be found in the Voice of Business section of this month’s FOCUS. The LRC-PAC will be making another round of endorsements for the November election. We are proud of the role we play in electing public officials that we know will be reasonable, thoughtful and open to our position on a variety of issues.

Voters in August also determined a couple of tax issues in which we will be actively engaged in. In East Lansing, a new city income tax was adopted to provide a source of funds to help the city deal with its financial crisis. We will continue to advocate that the city prioritize spending on legacy costs, infrastructure and public safety. East Lansing must also make reforms regarding retiree healthcare and pension costs.

Ingham County voters approved a tax to fund construction of a new criminal justice complex. It is important during the planning phase for this project that the cities of Lansing and East Lansing collaborate with the county to ensure district court and jail consolidation for all three municipalities.

The engagement of our members is extremely important to our success. There are a number of ways in which you can be involved. The LRC-PAC operates with funding provided by our many supporters and we welcome your investment in our program. Please contact our director of government relations, Steve Japinga at sjapinga@lansingchamber.org for more information.

We also encourage your engagement through our numerous communications such as our weekly email updates, social media, FOCUS magazine and member surveys. We want to hear from you and we want you to be fully informed about our progress and the actions of our elected officials.

The final and most important way in which you can be engaged in the election process is to vote on November 6. We all have a role to play in making sure that the voice of business is heard loud and clear in 2018!

Click here to download the September issue of FOCUS.


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