SBAM statement on “Protect Our Jobs” ballot initiative
August 4, 2012
The Small Business Association of Michigan today thanked Attorney General Bill Schuette for his careful analysis of the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative and for his recommendation that the Board of State Canvassers refuse to allow this flawed initiative on the ballot.
“Our association represents over 15,000 small business owners across the state and we have the responsibility to carefully analyze what impact ballot issues will have on entrepreneurs and the small business economy,” says SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler. “Since the Protect Our Jobs ballot initiative is so vague and frightening in its potential impact, it is impossible to fully measure the damage that passage of this proposal would inflict on Michigan’s small businesses. Big Labor and its deep pockets are looking to throw our constitution and state laws into chaos, while small business people shudder at the uncertainty and confusion that passage of this proposal would cause. Small business prosperity and job growth depend on regulatory and legislative stability. Rather than take a chance on derailing Michigan’s economic recovery, we believe the prudent course is to keep the initiative off the fall ballot,” Fowler says.