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Gov. Whitmer Wants ‘Lame Lame Duck’ Session

LANSING - If the Legislature isn’t going to put some type of mask mandate into state law, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said last week she believes the rest of the legislative year should be a “lame lame duck.” Whitmer told reporters that lawmakers had eight months during which to pass legislation that would codify her executive orders

By |2020-11-30T09:40:12-05:00November 29th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

With a COVID Vaccine on the Horizon, Should Your Organization Require Employees to Get Vaccinated?

LANSING - Last week, Pfizer announced it has a Coronavirus vaccine with a reported 90% efficacy. Shortly following, Moderna announced their vaccine has similar efficacy at 95%. Though they estimate March or April 2021 before it’s widely available, it is clear that the government will be encouraging everyone to vaccinate. Due to being in certain

By |2020-11-23T16:33:39-05:00November 22nd, 2020|ESD, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Future Hiring Projections Post COVID-19

LANSING - We are all aware of how COVID-19 has impacted hiring within our business since March 2020.  A majority of businesses froze or slowed their hiring amid furloughs and layoffs.  Now that we are at the end of 2020, what trends are we expecting in 2021? Criteria, a talent acquisition assessment company, surveyed over

By |2020-11-09T18:26:35-05:00November 8th, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Drugmakers Would Have To Explain Prices Under Transparency Package

LANSING - Pharmaceutical companies would have to report to the state and the public annually how they set the prices of their prescription drugs under an eight-bill transparency package approved by the Michigan House Health Policy Committee. But the committee rejected, in party-line fashion, several attempts by Democrats to put more teeth into the bills,

Michigan House Votes To Give Businesses Protections Against COVID-19 Lawsuits

LANSING - Businesses are reopening from the coronavirus pandemic into a "wild, wild COVID west" economic climate, Rep. Graham Filler (R-DeWitt) told the House floor Wednesday as he advocated for more protections against COVID-19 lawsuits he described as frivolous. Wednesday's climate includes "fewer employees, supply chain issues, razor thin margins and the prospect of business

By |2020-10-02T17:27:43-04:00October 2nd, 2020|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Whitmer: Bulk of Economy is Back; Still Early Stages Of COVID-19

LANSING - Pointing to her strategy to confront the COVID crisis, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer told the Detroit Regional Chamber of Commerce Wednesday that “our economy is operating at 87% of what it was since last March. We are in a much stronger position than other states like Florida and Texas.” It’s the first time she has

By |2020-09-18T09:06:24-04:00September 17th, 2020|Featured, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Business Can’t Assume Unmasked Patrons Have Medical Excuse

LANSING - Business owners shouldn’t assume someone not wearing a mask inside their establishments are medically unable to do so, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer said in an update to her mandatory mask executive order Friday. The Governor wrote in Executive Order 2020-153 that if a customer says he or she is not medically able to wear a

Senate Passes Road Bonding Guardrails

LANSING - Michigan Senate Republicans passed SB 0716 and SCR 22, both objections to Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's $3.5 billion bonding-for-roads plan. All the Senate Democrats voted against SB 0716, sponsored by Sen. Roger Victory (R-Hudsonville), which would give the Legislature veto power over the State Transportation Commission bonding more than $100 million in any fiscal

By |2020-03-16T08:39:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Politics, Politics/Government|

Enbridge Hires Tunnel Contractors, Eyes Fall ’21 To Start Construction

LANSING - Enbridge has hired the contractors it needs to build the underground Straits of Mackinac tunnel, and will soon be submitting its formal permit requests to the appropriate state and federal authorities. Those were among the updates provided at the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority (MSCA) meeting Friday in St. Ignace. Also Friday, a company

By |2020-03-16T08:39:48-04:00March 15th, 2020|Clean Update|

Circuit Court Judge: Cannabis Businesses Can’t File For Bankruptcy When They Fail

LANSING - Marijuana is still illegal under federal law so when a marijuana business goes broke, it isn't eligible to file for bankruptcy in the federal courts, Kent County Circuit Court Judge Christopher Yates told the Michigan House Judiciary Committee Tuesday. "Whether we like it or not, we in the state of Michigan, in our

By |2020-03-01T11:19:12-05:00February 27th, 2020|Featured, Marijuana Business, News|