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Lansing Regional Chamber Reinforces Need for Regional and Statewide Investment in FY 2020 Budget

Tuesday, March 26, 2019  
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Governor Gretchen Whitmer addressed more than 700 mid-Michigan business leaders at Lansing Economic Club on Tuesday, March 26, 2019. The following statement can be attributed to Tim Daman, president and CEO, Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce:

We commend Gov. Whitmer for her leadership and placing a strong emphasis on infrastructure, talent and education investment and the importance to the future of our region and the state. Investment in infrastructure, talent and education remain top priorities for the Chamber and our members. We encourage Gov. Whitmer to work closely with Michigan delegates in Washington, D.C. to leverage federal funds to invest in our state.

As our current infrastructure continues to crumble, the Chamber supports increased investment in road and infrastructure funding, accompanied by strategic, well-implemented infrastructure asset management. We believe a thorough review of the transportation funding formula is in the long-term, best interest of the residents of the state and encourage Gov. Whitmer and the legislature to consider the need for a more comprehensive road-funding plan to address the condition of all roads, including local roads.

We understand the 1.75 percent business tax was suggested to offset the elimination of the pension tax, but we ask the governor and legislature to find alternative solutions that will support and not hinder innovation, economic growth and job creation.

With skilled worker shortage impacting the bottom line of businesses across the state, we will continue to support strengthening K-12 education through investment, technical education and diverse pathways for secondary education. An effective, efficient and accountable education system that addresses educational needs and opportunities for Michiganders of all ages is critical to growing and strengthening the talent pipeline. The future of our region and state depends on it.

We look forward to working with Gov. Whitmer and the legislature to renew and rebuild Michigan with a smart, fiscally responsible budget that addresses the pressing needs of Michigan and the Lansing region.


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