Michigan Cannot Afford Unnecessary Ergonomics Regulations

Michigan cannot afford to add up to $500 million in costs to current and future job providers.  We need to be eliminating job-killing regulations, not adding new ones. That is why I supported legislation passed by the state Senate to prevent bureaucrats from imposing unnecessary burdens on jobs providers.

Senate Bill 20 would prohibit state officials from enacting mandatory ergonomics regulations. Voluntary guidelines would be allowed but could be no more stringent than federal standards.

The measure will save jobs and send a positive message to companies looking to come here. Gov. Snyder supports this positive step, and I am confident the House will join us in getting government out of the way of economic growth.

California, which just passed Michigan in unemployment rates, is currently the only state with separate mandatory workplace ergonomics rules. Ergonomics standards are included in federal workplace rules that companies operate under.

New ergonomics mandates are unwarranted and would hurt small and medium-sized businesses in southwest Michigan the most. Studies show that these separate rules could cost Michigan employers an extra $400 to $500 million. We should pursue policies that encourage job growth and retention.


Right-to-Work Zones Will Give Michigan a Competitive Edge

To attract new businesses to Michigan and create jobs, we must remove barriers to competition.

As chair of the House Republican Strategic Task Force on Jobs last session, I heard from several Michigan job providers that said right-to-work reform would make the state more competitive.

Making Michigan the first state in the Great Lakes region with a right-to-work law would give us a competitive advantage for new investment and jobs.

That is why I introduced legislation to allow Michigan counties and municipalities to create right-to-work zones within their boundaries.

This reform would allow Michigan to explore the possible benefits of right-to-work, while placing economic development decisions in the hands of those who will be most affected – our local communities.

My initiative would not ban unions.  It would allow local governments to give employees the decision of whether or not to join a labor union.

As our state continues to have one of the nation’s worst unemployment rates, we must continue to prioritize Michigan residents looking for work.

Giving our local communities the option to create right-to-work zones would be a huge step forward toward creating jobs by making Michigan truly open for business.

MBT Must be Repealed

Jobs are my first priority, and that is why I was proud to be the first co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1, a measure to repeal the Michigan Business Tax.  The tax and its 22 percent surcharge are not business-friendly and must be eliminated for Michigan to recover economically.

It’s time to make Michigan open for business. Ever since the MBT was enacted in 2007 it has stood as just another barrier to job creation.  As Michigan’s unemployment rate remains one of the highest in the nation, our business tax system is one of the most complex and burdensome.

I look forward to working with Governor Snyder on scrapping the MBT and surcharge and replacing it with a tax system that is fairer, flatter, and less complicated for all Michigan businesses.

It is critical that we reform and reinvent Michigan to make our state business-friendly, so that we can keep retain current job providers and attract new ones. We must reform our tax code, giving businesses the certainty to invest in people and jobs.

Repealing the MBT and 22 percent surcharge is an important first step to creating Michigan jobs and increasing total investment in the state by billions of dollars.

SB 1 has been referred to the Senate Finance Committee, of which I am a member.  I look forward to taking up this important legislation very soon.