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Mandated Paid Leave

SB 332 & SB 333 HB 4574 & HB 4575 The proposed Michigan Family Leave Optimal Coverage Benefits Act creates a one-size-fits-all, state-administered paid leave insurance program that would permit employees up to 15 weeks of paid, intermittent leave. This proposal would impact every employer and employee in Michigan, no matter the size of your…

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Youth Labor Law – HB 4932

HB 4932 was introduced by Representative Skaggs and a substitute that was adopted in committee this week has some troubling language. If passed, this bill will drastically increase damages if you violate the youth labor law. You can read the exact language in the bill below: You can obtain an injunction against an employer who…

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Detroit Land Value Tax Plan: What We Know

Detroit’s land value tax plan: what we know Mayor Duggan of the City of Detroit has a new property tax plan that would tax a resident’s land separately from their home. The goal of this legislation is for Detroit residents to see a decrease in their property taxes. It is estimated that 97% of Detroit…

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What is Sine Die?

The Legislature just returned from summer break, but this legislative session is already in full swing. Rumors have been floating around downtown that the Legislature is going to enact sine die in the first part of November. Sine die, meaning “without day,” means the Legislature is going to end their session early for the year.…

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Housing Michigan Coalition Bills Signed

The Housing Michigan Coalition has been working for the last four years on legislation, creating opportunities for builders, developers and non-profits to build workforce housing.  Last December the governor signed four bills, and recently she signed five bills expanding Tax Increment Financing.  Senate Bill 129, sponsored by Senator Singh, expands TIF so residential construction can…

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New Tools In Your Toolbox

The Housing Michigan Coalition saw success last year with four bills signed into law by Governor Whitmer.  Three of those bills were given immediate effect, which means as soon as the ink was dry on the bills, they were available for use. The fourth bill, Senator Moss’s legislation to expand Neighborhood Enterprise Zones (NEZ) to…

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Appropriations & Legislative Update

Appropriations & Legislative Update   It is Appropriations season downtown and the target date for having budgets done and signed is July 1.  We are actively working on four-line items.  The first is a request for $250,000.00 for a construction workers compensation safety grant. The second is a 10M grant for local municipalities to receive…

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Q1’23 Update: Legislative Changes

The legislature returns next week after being on break for the last two weeks.  Before meetings with legislators and committee meetings fill my calendar, I want to give you an update on what took place in the first quarter.  November brought changes downtown with the democrats controlling the state house, state senate and the governor’s office.…

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Governor Signs Four Important Housing Bills Pushed by Your State Association

In mid-December, Governor Whitmer signed four bills into law that will provide important financial tools to local governments. These new/expanded tools are designed to help communities attract much needed workforce housing investment. Efforts to address our state’s workforce housing crisis started way back in 2017 with the issuing of our state association report entitled: “Where…

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