LANSING, Mich.—State Sen. Patrick Colbeck met with business leaders from across the 7th Senate District in Flat Rock this week to discuss the business environment in Michigan and consider possible solutions to the state’s high jobless rate.
Participants discussed opportunities for job growth in Michigan and talked about the keys to making Michigan an attractive place for businesses to locate and expand, including how businesses are affected by tax policy, health care costs and regulation.
Colbeck also spoke to the group about some potential legislative solutions including better customer service from government agencies, Workers’ Choice and the potential repeal of the personal property tax.
“I would like to thank all of those who attended the business roundtable and lent their knowledge and expertise to the discussion,” said Colbeck, R-Canton. “The majority of our job providers are local, small business owners. This forum provided the opportunity to bring a group of them together in order to more clearly define the problems they are faced with during this economic downturn and hear firsthand their solutions for creating more jobs in our state.”
The group requested further investigation of three issues: repealing the ban on smoking in restaurants and bars, the impacts of a proposed ballot initiative mandating 25 percent renewable energy in Michigan and seeing Michigan become a Right to Work state.
Sen. Colbeck plans to host another business forum in the near future to expand on these and other issues and report back on measures moving at the state level. The forum is free and open to anyone with an interest in pursuing solutions to our state’s high unemployment rate through measures that support our job providers. To receive information on future forums, please contact Colbeck’s office at 734-672-6415.