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Manufacturing Issues


Manufacturing's Strategy for Michigan's Future

The Michigan Manufacturing Legislative and Regulatory Agenda is the road map to continue that positive momentum. Check MMA’s our top legislative and regulatory priorities for 2019-2020.


  • Learn more about the Tax issues below and other related issues by contacting Mike Johnston at 517-487-8554 or johnston@mimfg.org.
  • Call to Action: Urge Your Senators to Support Good Jobs for Michigan
    The Senate will soon take up Senate Bill 492, MMA-supported legislation to continue the Good Jobs for Michigan program. The program is set to expire on 12/31/19 but has already generated 8,200 new Michigan jobs and over $5.1 billion in private sector investment. Contact your Senator today and urge them to support this much-needed economic development program.
  • Informational Hearing on MEGA Tax Credits
    The Michigan Economic Development Corporation (MEDC) provided an informational presentation on the Michigan Economic Growth Authority (MEGA) Tax Credits during last week's meeting of the Senate Finance Committee.
  • Good Jobs for Michigan Gets Senate Committee Approval
    The Senate Economic and Small Business Development Committee reported Senate Bill 492 last week, MMA-supported legislation to continue the Good Jobs for Michigan program. The program, which has already generated 8,200 new Michigan jobs and over $5.1 billion in private sector investment, is set to expire on 12/31/19.
  • Senator Horn Introduces Bill to Support Automotive Research
    Michigan’s future is dependent on research and development as it competes with other states for capital investment. New legislation, introduced by Senator Ken Horn, will help ensure Michigan remains a leading location for new investment into the automotive sector. Learn more.
  • Learn more about the Employer issues below and other related issues by contacting Delaney McKinley at 517-487-8530 or mckinley@mimfg.org.
  • Governor to Raise Overtime Pay Threshold
    Governor Whitmer announced her directive on 10/24/19 to the Department of Labor and Economic Opportunity (LEO) to begin the process of promulgating rules that are intended to expand overtime pay requirements to an additional 200,000 Michigan workers. Imposing a state-specific overtime threshold in excess of federal requirements would put Michigan manufacturers at a disadvantage and MMA is working with allies in the business community to defend against this costly and uncompetitive proposal.
  • House Passes Criminal Record Expungement Legislation with MMA Amendments
    The House passed improved legislation to expand Michigan’s criminal record expungement law with overwhelming support. Amendments advanced by MMA included liability protection for employers and the exclusion of certain sophisticated white collar crimes from the automatic expungement process.
  • Michigan Paid Medical Leave Act in Effect
    Michigan’s New Paid Medical Leave Act went into effect on 3/29/19. MMA has compiled a number of resources assist your company in compliance. Access MMA's Basics of Compliance document and an informational video from MMA and Miller Canfield online.
  • Learn more about the Talent issues below and other related issues by contacting Mike Johnston at 517-487-8554 or johnston@mimfg.org.
  • Senate Committee Hears Testimony on MMA-Supported Talent Bills
    The Senate Committee on Education and Career Readiness held a hearing to discuss multiple MMA-supported talent and workforce-related bills including legislation to provide more flexibility in graduation requirements and extending a provision to allow a CTE program to satisfy one of the required foreign language credits.
  • Reorganization of Talent, Economic Development and Labor Agencies
    Governor Whitmer issued an Executive Order this month to reorganize several state agencies with responsibilities pertaining to talent, economic development and labor. Learn more.
  • Learn more about the Health Care issues below and other related issues by contacting Delaney McKinley at 517-487-8530 or mckinley@mimfg.org.
  • MMA Urges Congressional Leaders to Delay Health Insurance Tax Implementation  
    With the Health Insurance Tax (HIT) scheduled to go into effect in January 2020, MMA is supporting delayed implementation due to the overwhelming probability of serious financial difficulties and the negative economic impact we believe it will have for the manufacturing industry across the nation. MMA sent letters to Michigan’s Congressional leadership urging them to pass H.R. 1398 in order to extend the suspension of the HIT for 2020 and 2021 to help keep insurance premiums more affordable for Michigan manufacturers.
  • Legislature Overturns New CON Rule  
    The Legislature passed a concurrent resolution, SCR 14, to disapprove new rules established by the Certificate of Need (CON) Commission to regulate Immune Effector Cell Therapy (IECT) Services, the first time that the Legislature has taken such an action.
  • House Committee Reports Out Surprise Medical Billing Legislation  
    The House Health Policy Committee unanimously reported out MMA-supported bills that would address unexpected and costly bills sent to patients by out-of-network providers. The legislation would require providers to accept the average amount negotiated in the patient’s health care plan or 150 percent of Medicare rates in the case of emergency services where a patient has no opportunity to choose a provider.
  • MMA Joins Partnership of America’s Health Care Future  
    In an effort to bring greater attention to the high cost of health care and the many health care-related issues impacting Michigan competitiveness, MMA has added its name to the Partnership of America’s Health Care Future (PAHCF). With a mission of lowering costs, expanding patient choice, improving access, enhancing quality and fostering innovation, this coalition will strengthen the voices of state and national business groups while working to create the health care future every manufacturer deserves.
  • MMA Leads HICA Elimination Effort  
    Rising health care costs are a top concern for Michigan manufacturers, which is why MMA has been actively engaged in the fight to eliminate the Health Insurance Claims Assessment (HICA) tax. Learn more.
  • Learn more about the Regulatory issues below and other related issues by contacting Dave Greco at 517-487-8543 or greco@mimfg.org.
  • Hearing Held on MMA-Supported Ban on Counterfeit Airbags
    The House Transportation Committee heard testimony on new legislation, HB 4923-4924, which strives to ensure that airbags are properly installed, strengthen Michigan’s criminal code and provide law enforcement with the necessary tools to prosecute this form of fraud.
  • AG Nessel Opines on Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority
    Attorney General Dana Nessel responded to a request Thursday, 3/28/19, from Governor Whitmer regarding the constitutionality of the 2018 law that established the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority. The AG opined that PA 359 of 2018 (SB 1179) is in violation of the Michigan Constitution. Learn more.
  • Line 5 Agreement Ruled Legal by Court of Claims
    MMA is pleased with the Court of Claims’ ruling validating the 2018 law which created the Mackinac Straits Corridor Authority and approved an agreement with Enbridge for construction of a tunnel under the Straits of Mackinac for the Line 5 oil pipeline. Learn more.
  • No Stricter Than Federal Legislation Aims to Protect Your Business
    An essential protection supported by the MMA to reduce state government overreach and anti-competitive regulations was passed by the House of Representatives 57-50. Learn more.
  • Learn more about the Environmental issues below and other related issues by contacting Dave Greco at 517-487-8543 or greco@mimfg.org.
  • Governor Signs MMA-Led Air Fee Legislation
    Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 530 which will enact the new air fee formula developed as a result of the work of the MMA Title V Air Fee Work Group. MMA was also able to secure, for the first time in the history of the fee, a $2 million General Fund appropriation to sufficiently fund the Title V program without unduly burdening MMA members with dramatic fee increases.
  • MMA-Supported Mining Bill Moves Through House
    Mining’s future in Michigan could become stronger thanks to MMA-supported legislation which received near-unanimous support from the House this month. Learn more.
  • Governor Issues Executive Order Reorganizing State Agencies, Protects MMA-Supported Panels
    The Legislature voiced its intention to avoid pursuing further challenges to Governor Whitmer’s plans to reorganize state government now that efforts to eliminate MMA-supported regulatory advisory panels were removed from a revised Executive Order. Learn more here.
  • Learn more about pending Energy issues by contacting Mike Johnston at 517-487-8554 or johnston@mimfg.org.

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