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Michigan Chemistry at Work and Meeting Local Needs During COVID-19

Over the past several weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has stricken thousands of Michiganders and disrupted our typical way of life. During this time, our healthcare workers and first responders have devoted heroic efforts to providing care and protection at the front lines. Importantly as well, the business of chemistry is one of the critical sectors responding to the need for personal protective equipment (PPE), hand sanitizer and other medical supplies, and the essential everyday goods needed by Michigan households. Many of these goods have seen an unprecedented surge in use, straining supply chains to critical points.

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MCC Announces 2019 Policy Priorities

After a deliberative process to receive and consider member company input, the MCC's board of directors recently approved the organization's 2019 Policy Priorities. This statement reflects the industry's highest priorities for legislative and regulatory advocacy.

They are organized into two main areas:

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Governor’s Budget Proposes Huge Gas Tax Hike; New CTE Programs; Water Infrastructure and PFAS Response/Research

On Tuesday, March 5th, Governor Gretchen Whitmer presented her FY 2020 Executive Budget proposal to the Legislature, officially beginning the most significant season for state government. While the FY2020 fiscal year doesn’t officially begin until October 1st, in recent years state leaders have tried to finalize state budgets by early June. Still, this year’s budget negotiations are likely to be more prolonged given a new Governor and the partisan split in state government.

Please click here for a website with the complete budget materials.

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MCC and Members Hold 2019 Policy Day at the Capitol

On Wednesday, February 6th, the MCC held its 2019 Policy Day at the Capitol, which featured speakers from the MDEQ, the Governor’s office, and the Legislature. 

MCC members also discussed the organization’s 2019 legislative and regulatory policy priorities, including issues like PFAS, energy competitiveness, infrastructure, and chemicals regulation.

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MCC Co-Hosts Open House Event at MSP Training Center

The Michigan State Police (MSP) Emergency Management and Homeland Security Training Center (EMHSTC) hosted an open house event for more than 30 private industry professional on Monday, June 4th.

Members of the Michigan Chemistry Council, as well as railroads and other industries, gathered to learn more about this facility and the cooperative work that is done to train first responders and private sector professionals. Open house participants saw hands-on demonstrations from members of the MSP bomb squad, as well as the 51st Civil Support Team from the Michigan National Guard.

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MCC Testifies on Issue of Electric Choice and Local Clearing Requirement

On Tuesday, September 12th, MCC Executive Director John Dulmes, along with Josh Lunger of the Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce, testified before the House Energy Policy Committee. The hearing focused on the issue of electric choice and the Michigan Public Service Commission's (MPSC) implementation of the new energy law (PA 341).

In particular, the MCC and other parties supporting electric choice are concerned about the potential mandate for a Local Clearing Requirement (LCR) that would restrict options for the use of capacity by Michigan energy providers, and unnecessarily drive up costs.

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