Advocacy

In Support of Small Business

You have a business to run, so the team at SBAM constantly monitors issues affecting small business so you don’t have to.  SBAM also helps to give you and other small business owners a voice in the democratic process by connecting members with influential policymakers.

You can help protect your small business and help bolster Michigan’s entrepreneurs by getting involved today.

SBAM has an easy way for you to contact your elected officials. Take action now and voice your support for small business by:

  • Contacting your legislators
  • Examining voting records   
  • Locating your elected officials
  • Tracking key issues
  • Learning about elections

Policy Agenda

SBAM recently released its Small Business Policy Agenda. Download your copy here.

 

Latest Legislative News

Join Gov. Snyder Nov. 1 in Sterling Heights to help defeat destructive ballot proposals

This week, Gov. Snyder is traveling across Michigan in order to spread the word about the proposals on the Nov. 6 ballot. His message? "Yes" on Proposal One and "No" on the rest. SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler joined the governor on the bus tour to help reinforce SBAM’s “Vote No!” policy positions on Proposals 2, 3 and 4.

Small business owners are invited to help the effort by attending a Nov. 1 event at 9:45 a.m. at Penna's of Sterling - 38400 Van Dyke, Sterling Heights. An RSVP is required at www.govsnyderbustour.com and a photo ID is required at event check-in.

Meet Rep. Ray Franz

The Small Business Association of Michigan invites small business owners to participate in a Small Business Roundtable with Rep. Ray Franz and SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler on Thursday, Nov. 1 at 12 pm to discuss the impact state government reforms have had on small business growth over the past year. The event will take place at the Bungalow Room in Manistee, located at 1100 28th Street. Please contact SBAM Director of Government Relations Dave Jessup at dave.jessup@sbam.org to RSVP.

 

MDEQ Director Dan Wyant advises small business owners to vote no on Proposal 3.

Tune in today at 10am, 3pm or 8pm on the Michigan Business Network.

From the Michigan Green Chemistry and Engineering Conference in Detroit, Michael talks with Michigan Department of Environmental Quality Director Dan Wyant about the many reasons he thinks voters should reject Proposal 3 on Nov. 6. From the same conference, Michael Rogers also talks with Lynn Kaatz Cherry about a Nov. 13-15 green chemistry and economic development conference in Chicago; keynote speaker Bob Peoples, former director of the American Chemical Society Green Chemistry Institute; Dawn Shiang of Dow Chemical about building supply chains for a sustainable future and Dr. Paul Hunt of Michigan State University’s Bioeconomy Institute.

Electricity costs to soar if Proposal 3 passes, says SBAM study

Passage of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, will cause electricity costs to rise an additional $187 million a year or $5.6 billion over 30 years, according to an Anderson Economic Group study commissioned by the Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM).

“Michigan small business owners, who in 2012 are finally taking steps toward economic recovery, are dismayed by the prospect of a steep increase in the cost of electricity,” says SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. “Higher electricity costs will make it more difficult for entrepreneurs to remain profitable, create jobs and invest in their communities.”

The study projects that Michigan’s economy will suffer a net loss of 1,600-1,700 jobs a year due to the higher electricity costs.

The study also finds fault with the energy restrictions that Proposal 3 would enshrine in the Michigan Constitution. It would define renewable energy sources as being wind, solar, biomass and hydropower only, thus diverting investment away from other renewable energy sources and away from investment in improving efficiency. Proposal 3 also restricts electricity suppliers from buying cheaper renewable sources outside the state.

“Michigan currently has a strong law ensuring that a significant portion of our state’s energy portfolio utilizes renewable sources of energy,” says Fowler. “We shouldn’t lock into the Constitution anyone’s preconceived ideas about the proper mix of our energy sources. Given the volatile nature of energy pricing and new technologies for extracting clean-burning energy, Michigan can’t afford to be inflexible about power sources. Approval of Proposal 3 would cement that inflexibility into our Constitution.”

SBAM represents more than 17,000 small business owners in Michigan. 

Hear Patrick Anderson talk about the results of an SBAM study on the impact on jobs of Proposal 3

SBAM study projects net job losses if Proposal 3 passes

Passage of Proposal 3, the 25 percent renewable energy mandate, will result in 1,600-1,700 fewer jobs in Michigan every year for 30 years, according to an Anderson Economic Group study commissioned by SBAM and announced today in Lansing.

“Anderson’s impartial analysis of the impact and costs of Proposal 3 projects a loss of more than 50,000 Michigan jobs as a result of higher costs,” says Rob Fowler, SBAM president/CEO. “Michigan can’t afford to risk so many jobs.”

The study considered Proposal 3’s effect on jobs in two ways. First, it considered the reduction in the number of jobs in Michigan that would result from the increase in electricity prices ($187 million in additional annual cost or $5.6 billion over 30 years), which would result in a decline in economic activity and employment. Second, although jobs would be lost due to the increased cost of electricity, some jobs would be created by electricity generators (an initial six-year period ) as electricity suppliers increase the proportion of their output that comes from renewable sources. But the net effect would be to create a few jobs and destroy many jobs.

The study also finds fault with the energy restrictions that Proposal 3 would enshrine in the Michigan Constitution. It would define renewable energy sources as being wind, solar, biomass and hydropower only, thus diverting investment away from other renewable energy sources and away from investment in improving efficiency. Proposal 3 also restricts electricity suppliers from buying cheaper renewable sources outside the state.

Finally, the study says it is not at all clear from the ballot wording whether the mandate requires price increases resulting from incremental renewal generation costs to be limited to one percent per year, or that price increases resulting from incremental renewable generation costs may not push price increases above one percent, or that the mandate limits price increases for any reason to one percent per year. If Proposal 3 passes, the uncertainty would be enshrined in the Constitution.

“Michigan currently has a strong law ensuring that a significant portion of our state’s energy portfolio utilizes renewable sources of energy,” says Fowler. “We shouldn’t lock into the Constitution anyone’s preconceived ideas about the proper mix of our energy sources. Given the volatile nature of energy pricing and new technologies for extracting clean-burning energy, Michigan can’t afford to be inflexible about power sources. Approval of Proposal 3 would cement that inflexibility into our Constitution.”
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