June 16, 2016
Your life, liberty and property are safe for the next few
months as the Michigan legislature has recessed for the summer! All kidding
aside, this has been a productive session so far for the small business “Main
Street Agenda” in Michigan. Many of our important issue items have moved from
one chamber to the next and are teed up for action when lawmakers return in the
One very important victory for small business that was accomplished
before the recess, was the passage of legislation to extend the “phone
replacement” deadline from the end of this year to the end of 2019. You may
recall that an absurd Public Service Commission rule required any small
business with more than 7,000 square feet of space to replace their land line
phone system by the end of this year or face a fine.
You can read more about that story and all of the issues
that have moved forward HERE.
Just because the legislature has recessed for the summer
doesn’t mean your NFIB staff in Lansing are taking it easy! We are now working
on the scorecard for how your lawmaker voted on these issues and others
important to your small business this session. Our Small Business Voting Record
will let you know how your lawmaker measures up when it comes to voting for
small business. Look for it this fall as an important guide to how you should
vote in November!
Speaking of November, NFIB will also be vetting candidates
as well as incumbent lawmakers to keep you informed of where they stand on
issues. We will be keeping an eye on key races that will determine the power
balance in Lansing to be sure that pro-small business candidates are in control
of the process. One last but important thing while we are on the subject of
elections, I am happy to report that there will be NO mandated paid leave proposal
on the ballot this fall! In fact, there probably will be no petition initiated
proposals at all. You can read more about that HERE.
Finally, we will be putting together local member meetings
through the summer to help you stay out of trouble with the new Department of
Labor overtime rule and to hear what concerns you have that we can help with.
Meeting with our hard working members is something we always look forward to!
Have a fun and productive summer and thank you for your