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Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/08/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/08/19

Welcome to March! A repeal was introduced to combat Unrelated Business Income Tax, minimum wage advocates reignite 2018 Lame Duck debate, and Governor Whitmer released her 2019 budget recommendation.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/01/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 03/01/19

Advocacy Corner: Week of March 1, 2019

Updates to the national Unrelated Business Income Tax, another round of Michigan auto insurance reform, state redistricting, and more in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, March 1st.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 02/22/19

Advocacy Corner: January thru Mid-February Round-Up

Michigan’s 100th Legislature, executive branch, and the Michigan Supreme Court have each seen significant movement in shaping the state public policy arena through the first several weeks of 2019. A State of the State Address, a much anticipated release of the 2019 state budget, and more are discussed below in MSAE’s advocacy round-up through Friday, February 22nd.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 01/04/19 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 01/04/19

State and local officials made their return to the capitol city this week as we look back at the 2018 Lame Duck session and a brief look ahead at Michigan’s 2019 public policy arena.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 12/14/18 Bookmark

Advocacy Corner: Week of 12/14/18

With one week remaining in the Lame Duck session, the legislature continued to take up action on a number of bills including Michigan school grading systems, the right of the legislature to litigate, citizen-initiated bills, and more. The U.S. House and Senate also passed significant revisions to nonprofit fringe benefits and donor disclosure rules.

Advocacy Corner: Week of 12/07/18 Bookmark

On November 29, the Michigan Senate took action on three bills which seek to restructure campaign finance laws, state oversight of public elections, and the ability of the Michigan legislature to intervene in court proceedings.

The legislature also approved amendments to citizen-initiated bills which seek to change earned sick-leave and raising the state minimum wage.

2018 Ballot Proposal Guide Bookmark

Several major ballot proposals are set to appear on the upcoming November 6 ballot. 

In 2018, voters will decide to either approve or reject three seminal legislative measures that, if adopted, could have significant and immediate impact throughout the state.

Ballot proposals differ from the traditional, standard process followed by lawmakers in that they give citizens the opportunity to cast their personal vote on whether or not a proposed idea becomes law.

MSAE Submits Amicus Curae in Protection of Association Tax Standing Bookmark

In the summer of 2018, MSAE submitted an amicus curae in a case before the Michigan Supreme Court to clarify the criteria under which associations have standing to sue on behalf of the members. 

One of the principle roles of associations is to advocate on behalf of their memberships before the legislative, executive, and judicial branches of government. 

MSAE Testifies at Committee on Regulatory Reform Bookmark

MSAE has been monitoring Michigan House Bill 6114 as it relates to certification issues. This legislation calls for a commission to make recommendations on occupational regulations and certifications offered by private licensing agencies. 

At a hearing of the Committee on Regulatory Reform, Cheryl Ronk, CAE, CMP, FASAE, and Taylor Benavente testified and recommended positive changes that could be made to the bill.

Treasury Eliminates Donor Disclosure Rules for 501(c)6s Bookmark

Treasury officials announced that the IRS will no longer require tax-exempt organizations other than charities to disclose information about their donors as part of their annual returns.

 

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