Detroit Regional Chamber’s Core Principles on Auto Insurance Reform

With auto insurance debates heating up in Lansing, the Detroit Regional Chamber is highly involved in the discussions working with bipartisan legislators and the governor’s office. The Chamber membership and Board are united in the recognition that the high cost of auto insurance is a critical issue that impacts our state’s economic development, talent attraction, and citizen well-being, and must be addressed.

The Chamber is eager to support legislation that meets the following criteria:

  • Result in a statewide and quantifiable reduction in auto insurance rates.
  • Recognize that rate reduction must be even greater in urban areas. Even a 20% reduction in urban areas leaves auto insurance unaffordable for low-income residents.
  • Reduce the number of uninsured drivers through rate reduction and increased mobility options for low-income residents.
  • Maintain Michigan’s high-quality health care delivery system.
  • Reduce insurance related fraud.

Detroit Regional Chamber Reform Vision

Auto insurance is a statewide issue that demands to be addressed. While our membership does not have a consensus view regarding detailed solutions, the Chamber supports the following core principles.

  • Reform should provide additional oversight of attendant care, particularly when delivered by relatives of the injured.
  • Michigan should pursue insurance fraud at all levels through a strong fraud authority or another enforcement mechanism.
  • Any proposed regulation of reimbursement rates should consider:

– The impact on motorists requiring catastrophic care, particularly care in trauma centers.

– The ability of health care providers to provide quality care.

– The need to lower rates for drivers across geographic, socioeconomic, and other demographic factors.

– Michigan’s insurance rates are high across the state, however, drivers in urban areas are disproportionately impacted. Reviewing the factors that cause high rates should be a special focus of policymakers.

  • Uninsured drivers in high-cost areas, like the city of Detroit, are left with few alternatives to driving illegally because of the region’s lack of effective and efficient public transportation. The number of uninsured drivers is a key component of insurance costs and the region’s consistent failure to provide mobility options has exacerbated the problem.

The Chamber Board endorsed these principles in 2017. The Chamber’s Government Relations team urges that all impacted parties must be at the table and compromise equally – there is no one single aspect of this challenge that can solve this problem – or can escape reform.

2019 Legislative Priorities Focus on Growing the Detroit Region

The Detroit Regional Chamber’s Board of Directors recently adopted its legislative priorities for 2019. These 14 priorities, which are critical to economic development and growth of the region, include investing in infrastructure, support for a reliable regional transit system, maintaining a pro-growth tax structure, and creating pathways to postsecondary education and careers, among many other pro-business policy issues. This year’s priorities are aligned with the five pillars that guide the Chamber’s economic development strategy to position the region for global competitiveness.


  • Maintain a pro-growth tax structure that allows Michigan to compete globally for business and talent.
  • Encourage smart spending policies and long-term budgeting that prioritizes fiscal solvency.
  • Maintain a regulatory climate that is conducive to Michigan’s growing economy.
  • Support reforms for Michigan’s criminal justice system that reduce lengthy and costly sentences and provide age-appropriate rehabilitation.
  • Support policies that expand employment opportunities for chronically underemployed populations.


  • Increase dedicated infrastructure funding and lead efforts to prioritize regional transit options for the Detroit region.
  • Encourage regional policies that are consistent with state and federal law and balance local needs with economic growth.
  • Promote policies that increase access to health insurance while opposing policies that drive up costs for employers and individuals.


  • Maintain rigorous K-12 standards that allow students to succeed in the global economy.
  • Create greater accountability for quality and siting in charter schools.
  • Increase postsecondary education attainment through policies such as increased dual enrollment and expanded, need-based financial aid.

Global Connectivity:

  • Create pathways to career opportunities in the automotive industry that develop high-skilled talent, including support for immigration reform and the attraction of international students.
  • Promote smart trade policy, including continued USMCA participation and resisting short-sighted trade restrictions or tariffs that inhibit growth.

Next-Generation Mobility:

  • Support policies that allow Michigan to continue to lead in research and development testing for next generation mobility solutions and other emerging industry sectors.


Michigan House, Senate Pass ‘Good Jobs for Michigan’ Legislation

Today, Michigan legislators passed the “Good Jobs for Michigan” bill package, Senate Bills 242-244. This is one of the Detroit Regional Chamber’s legislative priorities as the government relations team has continuously urged legislators to adopt all three bills. A leading regional economic development organization, the Chamber leveraged its influential public policy voice as a key advocate for the legislation’s passage.

“The Chamber is thankful for the leadership of Governor Snyder and the Legislature to create this policy that will allow Michigan to compete with every state in the nation for job growth,” said Brad Williams, vice president of government relations for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

MORE: Read the Chamber’s testimony to the House Policy Committee in support of House Bills 242-244.

Under the legislation, business expansions or new locations that create a minimum of 500 new jobs and pay wages at 100 percent or more of the regional average wage would be eligible to capture up to 50 percent of the personal income tax withholdings of the new employees for up to five years. In addition, business expansions or new locations that create a minimum of 250 new jobs and pay wages at 125 percent or more of the regional average wage would be eligible to capture up to 100  percent of the personal income tax withholdings of the new employees for up to 10 years. There is a cap of 15 projects per year with a rolling cap of $250 million for all projects.

“The passage of this legislation creates a vital tool as the Chamber travels the nation and globe to attract companies to grow in our region,” said Justin Robinson, vice president of business attraction for the Detroit Regional Chamber.

This is the Chamber’s second major economic development victory in the state this year, following the MIThrive package that will incentivize transformational brownfield developments in cities across the state.

ArtServe President and CEO Jennifer Goulet Elected to Americans for the Arts’ Private Sector Council

WIXOM, Mich. — ArtServe Michigan, the leading statewide arts and cultural advocacy organization in Michigan, today announced that President and CEO Jennifer Goulet has been elected to the Private Sector Council of Americans for the Arts, the nation’s nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education.

Goulet brings nearly 30 years of cultural leadership, economic development and private sector focused arts experience and dedication to the Council. Serving as president and CEO of ArtServe Michigan since 2008, Goulet leads advocacy, capacity building and strategic communications efforts supporting Michigan’s arts, culture, arts education and creative industries.

“When the private sector and arts, culture, arts education and the creative industries work collaboratively, we see more vibrant communities that attract and retain talent and act as hubs for activity and economic vitality,” said Goulet. “I’m looking forward to contributing my time and talents to foster a greater connection that builds a stronger future for their potential work together.”

The Private Sector Council represents the Private Sector Network—a segment of the professional members of Americans for the Arts whose goal is to increase private sector support for the arts. The Council is an advisory group charged with helping Americans for the Arts develop and implement private sector advocacy programs and serves as leaders to other local arts agencies seeking to connect with the private sector.

“As private sector support for the arts continues to diminish amid a sluggish economy, the work of this council is more important than ever,” says Robert L. Lynch, president and CEO of Americans for the Arts. “We are thrilled to welcome Jennifer to the Council. Her support for the arts in her community is a testament and an inspiration to others as they work to ensure that the arts thrive in America.”

Americans for the Arts is the leading nonprofit organization for advancing the arts and arts education in America. With offices in Washington, D.C. and New York City, it has a record of 50 years of service. Americans for the Arts is dedicated to representing and serving local communities and creating opportunities for every American to participate in and appreciate all forms of the arts. Additional information is available at

ArtServe Michigan is a statewide nonprofit advocacy organization dedicated to cultivating the creative potential of Michigan’s arts and cultural sector and creative industries to enhance the public health and well-being of Michigan, its people and communities. ArtServe advocates for arts, culture, arts education and the power of the creative economy in Michigan; provides leadership and professional development for artists, creative practitioners, and arts and cultural organizations; and connects arts and cultural leaders and supporters through strategic communications. Contact ArtServe Michigan at 248-912-0760 or visit

MICHauto Legislative Briefing

Automotive Hall of Fame
21400 Oakwood Boulevard, Dearborn, Michigan 48124
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
5:30  to 8 p.m.

Please join the Detroit Regional Chamber’s MICHauto program for a legislative briefing at the Automotive Hall of Fame in Dearborn on Tuesday, Oct. 23. Attendees will hear from state senators and representatives on business-related legislation and initiatives, pending in Lansing. The legislators will participate in a paneled discussion, moderated by Detroit Regional Chamber Vice President of Government Relations, Brad Williams, and answer questions from the crowd.

Topics of discussion will include but are not limited to personal property tax, Brownfield Redevelopment Incentives, the New International Trade Crossing, regulatory reform and more. The discussion will be tailored to automotive interests but registration is open to anyone interested in keeping their finger on the pulse of Lansing.

This event is free and includes hors d’oeuvres and a beer and wine bar, register todayPlease note space is limited.


5:30 – 6:30 p.m. Registration and Networking
6:30 – 7:30 p.m. Legislative Briefing
7:30 – 8 p.m. Networking

Confirmed speakers:

State Senator Bert Johnson (D-Detroit)

Member of Senate Appropriations Committe, Minority Vice-Chair of the Senate LARA
General Government and Judiciary appropriations subcommittees
Member of Senate Redistricting Committee
Minority Vice-Chair of the Senate Regulatory Reform Committee

State Senator Mike Kowall (R-White Lake)

Chairman of Senate Economic Development Committee
Vice Chair of Senate Transportation Committee
Member of Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee
Member of Senate Reforms, Restructuring, Reinventing Committee

State Representative Jeff Farrington (R-Utica)

Assistant Majority Floor Leader
Member of the House Banking and Financial Services Committee
Member of House Commerce Committee
Member of House Tax Policy Committee

State Representative Jim Townsend (D-Royal Oak)

Member of House Tax Policy Committee
Member of House Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee

Register now.

Please contact Rob Luce at 313.596.0383 for more information.

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