By US Daily Review Staff.
Michigan has suffered for decades under some of the worse economic circumstances in the country. Kevin Price, Editor in Chief and Publisher of US Daily Review, was from Michigan and remember being told when his family left in the 1970s that “whoever is the last one to leave, please turn off the lights.” “That was four decades ago,” says Price, “and people are still leaving in mass thanks to the fact that state has the worst regulatory environment, some of the toughest taxes, and worse laws regarding employment in the country.” Furthermore, “the state has consistently had among the highest unemployment rates in the nation,” says Price. Yet, the state has elected a conservative reformer in Rick Snyder (R) and has both Houses of the Legislature dominated by Republics. As a result the state has passed several reforms to make it fiscally responsible, more sensitive to business, and has curtailed spending. Now, says the Michigan Chamber, is the time to increase momentum for the state when it comes to pro-growth policies.
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce today unveiled www.growMIjobs.org, an information campaign designed to rally Michigan business owners and employees to work together to maintain the state’s economic momentum; encourage pro-jobs policies; and fight anti-growth initiatives aimed at halting Michigan’s turnaround.
“Michigan has been a national leader in economic improvement since a pro-business governor and legislature began reforms 18 months ago,” said Michigan Chamber President & CEO Rich Studley. “But unions, after losing recent high profile political battles in Wisconsin and Indiana, are now focusing their war chests on Michigan to rollback reforms and ‘enshrine’ their deals and power into the state constitution.
“We must not turn back the clock to the days of big government and big labor,” added Studley.
Today is the deadline for ballot petitions to be filed to be part of Michigan’s fall ballot with a growing number of issues competing for public attention.
“growMIjobs is an engagement campaign that consists of the growMIjobs.org website, social media sites, including Facebook and Twitter, videos and digital communications as well as advocacy, traditional grassroots outreach and marketing efforts,” explained Barry Robinson, Vice President of Chamber Services and Membership Development for the Michigan Chamber. “The goal is to bring business owners and employees together in a united front to promote policies that create jobs and grow businesses.”
“Our message is clear and positive,” noted Studley. “Let’s work together to grow jobs, not walls and roadblocks on the path to reinventing our great state.”
The Michigan Chamber of Commerce is a statewide business organization representing approximately 6,800 employers, trade associations and local chambers of commerce. The Michigan Chamber represents businesses of every size and type in all 83 counties of the state. Michigan Chamber member businesses provide jobs to 1.5 million residents. One of every 2.6 employees in Michigan works for a Chamber member firm. The Michigan Chamber was established in 1959 to be an advocate for Michigan’s job providers in the legislative, political and legal process. It is one of only six state chambers accredited by the U.S. Chamber and one of only four state chambers accredited with distinction.