2021 Policy Priorities

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Robust Talent Pipeline

Development of a strong, diverse, and inclusive talent pipeline for both the current and emerging automotive and mobility industry.

MICHauto encourages increasing education and career pathways, cultivating digital and clean energy economy talent, and supporting efforts that will engage homegrown talent and attract new talent both domestically and internationally. Support for statewide initiatives such as the Going Pro Talent Fund and the Michigan Reconnect Program are imperative to addressing skills gap and talent demands, as are immigration reforms that can address workforce shortages, meet demands for high skilled talent, and support related investment and reshoring efforts.

Connected, Automated, Shared, and Electric Future

Supporting automotive innovation.

In order to maintain Michigan’s position as the world’s automotive capital, we must continue to grow in emerging sectors of the industry and develop a business climate and entrepreneurial environment for new technology development. This requires capitalizing on opportunities to create public-private partnerships, connected corridors, and safe harbors that encourage innovation and investment, cultivating a tax climate that rewards research and development in growth markets – particularly the in the quickly emerging electric vehicle segment, and investing in infrastructure to support the adoption of these emerging technologies.

Global Mobility Leader

Marketing Michigan’s one-of-a-kind automotive and mobility assets.

Establishing a national and international reputation as a leading ecosystem for the industry from concept through production will expand Michigan’s foothold in an increasingly competitive landscape. Efforts can be stimulated through collaboration with other associations and universities and cultivating partnerships with the state’s aerospace, defense, and technology assets.

Fair Trade and Global Supply Chains

Promote fair trade through the pursuit of high-standard trade agreements.

The U.S. must continue to ensure fair trade practices and address markets where foreign governments have built barriers against U.S. goods and services, while avoiding unnecessarily bold actions that could threaten our economic momentum, provoke retaliation from trade partners, and alienate our strongest global allies, such as recent efforts to impose tariffs or quotas on steel and aluminum from Canada and Mexico. We must also continue to expand our global supply chain capabilities through tri-partite agreements on defining essential business, extending current Section 232 and 301 tariff exclusions, encouraging a working dispute settlement process, and strengthening international intellectual property protections.

COVID-19 Response

Responsible and effective COVID-19 policies that protect our residents and employees while maintaining a robust industry.

Michigan must pursue public policy that ensures safe products and safe workplaces, establishing minimum safety procedures for employees consistent with CDC guidelines while protecting the liability of employers. The state must continue to address market vulnerabilities as a result of the pandemic, whether as a result of supply chain, market demand, or retail limitations, and provide adequate support for companies who have been uniquely challenged by this crisis.

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