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Measure Opposing Labor Peace Agreement For MRA License Rule Moves

LANSING - On a party-line 6-3 vote, the Michigan Senate Regulatory Reform Committee reported out a concurrent resolution to oppose labor peace agreements being a requirement a company must meet to be eligible for licensing under the Marijuana Regulatory Agency's permanent rules. The measure is sponsored by committee chair Aric Nesbitt (R-Lawton), who has compared

By |2020-02-05T10:43:31-05:00February 4th, 2020|Featured, Marijuana Business, News|

Michigan Legislative Bills Would Ban Vitamin E Acetate From Vaping Products

LANSING - Vitamin E acetate would be banned from vaping products for marijuana, medical marijuana, and nicotine under a three-bill package pending before the Michigan House Judiciary Committee. HB 5159, HB 5160 and HB 5161 by Rep. Abdullah Hammoud (D-Dearborn), Rep. Frank Liberati (D-Allen Park) and Rep. Joseph Bellino (R-Monroe) would ban the chemical, but

Michigan Expecting $140 In Cannabis Sales Per Person By 2021

LANSING - With only a 10 percent excise tax on the sale of recreational marijuana, Michigan state officials are expecting a fairly substantial windfall in the next two years as the market, literally, lights up to the tune of $140 worth of product for every man, woman and child by the end of 2021. "It's

Economist Bullish On Michigan In 2020

LANSING - A Federal Reserve economist Thursday said he expects 2020 to be more positive for the state's economy than 2019. "One thing to keep in mind is that in most of the years since the recession, Michigan has outperformed its trend on this basis than the U.S.," said Martin Lavelle, business economist with the

Biz Gets Break After $3.2 Billion Unemployment Debt Paid Off Early

LANSING - The state's Unemployment Insurance Agency (UIA) announced it has paid off a $3.2 billion debt to the feds, meaning a break for Michigan businesses that no longer have to pay the obligation assessment as part of their unemployment taxes. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer's office said this means $55 million will now stay with businesses,

Gambling Package Could Mean $100 Million More For Schools

LANSING - If everything goes as hoped, Michigan casinos will be able to start offering sports betting and Internet gaming by the men's college basketball tournament in March, according to Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Oshtemo Twp.). The shepherd for the gaming expansion package in the House, Iden said he's hopeful the Gaming Control Board will be

By |2020-01-01T13:44:15-05:00December 21st, 2019|Politics, Politics/Government, Small Business Association of Michigan|

Still More Electronic Device Security Concerns

LANSING - ASE regularly reports on electronic communications policy concerns and developments so our members can maintain their best policy and practices as well as make adjustments to their policies when necessary. In a recent survey conducted by communications archiving provider Smarsh, it reports that 77% of the IT professionals surveyed said texting by workers

By |2019-11-29T19:18:14-05:00November 29th, 2019|Guest Columns|

$87 Million Spent On State Government Advertising In 2018

LANSING - Besides dodging potholes and orange barrels, Michigan drivers this summer may also find themselves encountering several raccoons staring down at them from billboards beside the road. But these raccoons aren't hawking any particular wares for purchase. They want you to recycle properly. They serve as mascots of a $2 million state ad campaign

By |2019-08-02T16:13:40-04:00August 2nd, 2019|Featured, Government/Politics, Politics, Politics/Government|

Gov. Whitmer To Keynote SBAM Business Summit June 20

LANSING - Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer has agreed to be the keynote speaker June 20 at the Small Business Association of Michigan's Summit. In addition to ample networking opportunities, a fantastic expo hall, keynote presentation by Governor Whitmer and lunch, this year our SBAM's business owner panel discussions are also back, with these hot topics.

By |2019-05-22T10:54:35-04:00May 22nd, 2019|Small Business Association of Michigan|

Whitmer Opens Door To Reduction In Personal Injury Protection Auto Insurance

LANSING - Allowing a car insurance customer to not purchase personal injury protection (PIP) coverage, even if an individual’s health insurance company covers auto accident claims, is a bridge too far for Gov. Gretchen Whitmer in the auto no-fault reform debate. Speaking to reporters as she toured the Hope Network Neuro Rehabilitation Center in East

By |2019-05-22T08:19:09-04:00May 21st, 2019|Politics, Small Business Association of Michigan|