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Public Policy

The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce Public Policy Committee was created to heighten awareness of issues pertinent to the business community and ensure that government at the local and state levels is responsive to those issues.  On occasion this committee may make recommendations to the Board of Directors to take action to endorse or not-endorse certain issues.

Michigan General Property Tax Act - August, 2006
Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce supports the concept of legislation which will modify the Michigan General property Tax act to provide relief for new home purchasers within the State. Proposal A has had a positive effect in mitigating wholesale increases to property tax values due to significant increases occurring in valuations since its adoption. However, it has also had the unintended effect of stifling the sales of existing homes in Michigan. The effect of the Michigan property "pop-up" tax is to limit the ability of residents to move or sell their existing homes. This is particularly true for seniors who may seek to downsize and are unable to afford the significantly increased tax bill when moving.

Tax on Services - February, 2007
It is the policy of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce to fully support effective and responsible tax reform, recognizing that it is crucial to the educational, economic, sociological and personal future of our State and its citizens. Grosse Pointe's business community, like that in many if not most other areas of the State, is at least 75% comprised of small service businesses. Accordingly, proposals to levy a tax on provision of services in our State have drawn much attention in the Grosse Pointes. Having analyzed and considered these proposals, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce believes the proposed tax on services would be detrimental to the majority of Grosse Pointe businesses. Therefore, the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce opposes the adoption of a state tax on services because it would have a negative impact on the maintenance and growth of this important sector of our economy.

Shared Services - March, 2007
It is the policy of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce to encourage our five Grosse Pointe communities to continuously review, promote and implement shared services in equipment, operations, personnel and elsewhere wherever practical in order to continue offering citizens high levels of municipal service at reduced tax levels. This practice should be one that develops into a model that is emulated by others and recognizes the Pointes as a desirable community in which to live and work.

Healthy Lifestyle - March, 2007
It is the policy of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce to encourage healthy lifestyles in our community. Organizations that offer programs that include exercise, healthy diet, wellness services and provide smoke-free environments will be duly recognized. The Chamber fully supports the passage of legislation providing for smoke-free restaurants and bars within the State of Michigan. We believe that it is important that our five Grosse Pointe City governments each take a leadership role in the development of added policies and programs that will position the Grosse Pointes as the leading community in support of Healthy Lifestyles. It is a cornerstone element of the Grosse Pointe community.

Technology in our Community - March, 2007
It is the policy of the Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce to encourage the deployment and utilization of the latest emerging communications services and technologies in our community. Such services and technologies are vital to supporting the entrepreneurial success of our business community, providing government services, and enhancing the quality of life for our residents. To further this policy, the Chamber of Commerce will implement programs that promote our community as an outstanding community in which to live and work, and one that embraces developments in technology.

Long Range Planning - July, 2008
The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce heartily endorses the development, adoption and implementation of a long range planning study. It should have the full support of each of the five Grosse Pointe city governments and should be citizen driven without regard to political boundaries. It should look to the future, mindful of our history, based on the realities of what we know and the desire to uphold our commitment to community excellence. Fourteen years ago, a Futuring Study was completed of which many of the goals and objectives that were envisioned have been accomplished. Much has changed in the Grosse Pointe community and southeastern Michigan within the last ten years and it is the Chamber's belief that a fresh look at "planning for the future" using the collective wisdom of our citizens and the leaders of our great Community is much needed. The Grosse Pointe Chamber of Commerce will be an active proponent in the development of a Long Range Plan.

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