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Michigan business group wants continued tax reform

January 17, 2012
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LANSING, Mich.—Eliminating a tax that businesses pay on machinery and other equipment is a top legislative priority this year for the Michigan Chamber of Commerce.

The organization representing business interests said Tuesday that the tax puts Michigan at a competitive disadvantage with other states.

Republicans who lead the Michigan Legislature also want to repeal or phase out the personal property tax. But a key question is how or whether to replace the more than $1 billion the tax raises each year for local governments and schools.

The Michigan chamber also is pushing for road and transportation system improvements this year. Other priorities include a state budget with no general tax increases, an improved regulatory climate and market-oriented solutions to health care issues.

Right-to-work laws are not listed as a chamber priority.

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