Michigan Business Groups Applaud Leadership By Senate Republicans in Making 2010 the Year of Government Reform

Jan 19, 2010, 17:25 ET from Michigan Chamber of Commerce

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Statewide business and trade organizations from around the state today applauded the leadership displayed by Senate Republicans in their announcement of 10 bold reforms that could trim state spending by more than $2 billion. Taxpayers are demanding that elected officials be good stewards of their money and Senate Republicans are living up to that expectation by putting forth a comprehensive plan that can facilitate passage of a balanced budget without increasing taxes.    

"Michigan is facing unprecedented economic challenges and enacting these reforms is exactly what Michigan needs to reduce cost barriers and be competitive in the global economy," said Mike Johnston Vice President of Government Affairs for the Michigan Manufacturers Association.

In September, statewide business and trade organizations released a list of 19 suggested reforms the Michigan Legislature should undertake in an effort to combat chronic structural budget deficits. "We have been meeting regularly with legislators in both chambers and both parties to urge them to reform and revitalize Michigan; these are exactly the kind of reforms we support and legislators have indicated they would like to see enacted," said Bill Martin, CEO of the Michigan Association of Realtors.

Rob Fowler, President and CEO of the Small Business Association of Michigan, added, "Business owners large and small are making tough decisions to remain competitive in a down economy; we are glad to see Senate Republicans are stepping up to the plate to force the state to live within its means."

"The Senate's bold agenda of reform demonstrates that tax increases are not necessary and that the path to job creation and a revitalized economy is making government smaller and more cost efficient," said Jim Holcomb, Vice President of Business Advocacy and Associate General Counsel for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

Members of the coalition look forward to working the legislators on both sides of the aisle and both sides of the Capitol to enact cost-saving reforms that will move Michigan forward.

Coalition members include:

Michigan Chamber of Commerce

Detroit Regional Chamber

Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce

Lansing Regional Chamber

Associated Builders and Contractors of Michigan

Kalamazoo Regional Chamber

Michigan Association of Home Builders

Michigan Manufacturers Association

Michigan Restaurant Association

National Federal of Independent Business

Michigan Association of Realtors

Michigan Distributors & Vendors Association

Small Business Association of Michigan

Michigan Grocers Association

Michigan Retailers Association

Michigan Bankers Association

Michigan Business & Professional Association

Michigan Association of Insurance Agents

SOURCE Michigan Chamber of Commerce