Tim Herman, CEO Tim Herman, CEO

As the region’s lead business and economic development organization, it is important that you, our members know that you can trust us to represent your business and legislative interests. This includes addressing issues that impact job creation and being an active participant in the legislative and political process.

Earlier this week, the Chamber Public Policy Committee (PPC) partnered with Grand Blanc, Fenton and Swartz Creek chambers of commerce to host a forum on Michigan’s Personal Property Tax Reform at Woodfield Country Club.

Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley was the guest speaker. He presented a compelling case for reform clearly explaining the benefits to small businesses and manufacturing firms. He also reviewed a proposal to stabilize revenue for local governments. In addition, a panel of tax experts -- including David Salim P.C.; Tom Shade, Lewis & Knopf; Mike Merkel, Plante Moran; and Paul Brake, City of Grand Blanc – answered questions raised by the participants. Nearly 100 guests attended the event and early feedback suggests the forum was time well-spent and informative.

The PPC is now focused on another important initiative – a political candidate endorsement process. For the 2014 election cycle, the PPC is evaluating ballot initiatives such as the Headlee Vote as it relates to the use tax and candidates that have the greatest impact on the Flint & Genesee business community and economic development. For select races there will be a more extensive process that includes the completion of questionnaires, personal interviews and other aspects as determined by the PPC. For example, for the August 5 election the PPC is focused on the Genesee County Commissioners and State Representatives races.

Once the PPC has completed the endorsement process, the Flint & Genesee Chamber’s position will be communicated to our members first, and then made public.

In the meantime, if you have questions about the endorsement process or any other public policy-related issue, please send them in (click here). I’m always interested in hearing what’s on your mind.