This is an exciting time of change within our state, as it appears our business climate may be improving. Hearing the voice of its residents loud and clear, Michigan’s public officials enacted sweeping change to reduce taxes and government bureaucracy while holding government accountable by enforcing benchmarks and industry best practices...processes performed each day within our own businesses. And the results are real as legislators not only balanced the state’s budget early, Michigan residents may be the beneficiaries of a $400 million surplus in 2012. However, as Robert Frost so eloquently wrote, “We have many miles to go before we sleep.”
CAM’s Government Affairs Committee (GAC)
was established in 2011 to identify public policy issues that impact Michigan’s construction industry; in particular those issues most important to CAM’s membership. One of the GAC’s primary objectives is to improve the business climate for CAM’s membership by working closely with public policy makers to influence policy decisions that improve Michigan’s construction industry. In fact, more than any other time in its history, CAM has the opportunity to influence pro-business legislation to improve the state’s business environment and shape legislation to address our membership’s most critical business issues. Since forming its committee in September 2011, the GAC has achieved a number of accomplishments and is tracking 27 key public policy issues for 2012 that will impact CAM member businesses.
However, as recently described by one of Michigan’s most prominent construction leaders and a CAM member, today’s industry lacks the willingness to be fully engaged in the political world. As a result, our Michigan construction industry is the beneficiary of public policy that doesn’t support our business needs and objectives. So in March of 2012, the GAC established CAM’s Political Action Committee (PAC)
led by former CAM 2002 Chairman of the Board, Bruce M. Pregler.
CAM’s PAC needs your support in the form of donations to ensure that our voice is heard loud and clear. Active participation in CAM’s PAC is vital to our industry’s long-term health, and is a critical component in shaping our future by influencing public policy that creates and improves a pro-business, pro-construction environment. CAM members will have direct access to legislative and policy makers so that we may shape public policy to ensure our interests are recognized and considered.
We can no longer remain on the sidelines unwilling to participate in the struggle to improve the industry each of us love so dearly. Let’s take this opportunity to be the voice of Michigan’s construction industry to ensure that our issues help shape legislative, pro-construction policy… We are CAM!
To make a donation to the Government Affairs Committee click here for a downloadable PDF file.
For more information, or if you are interested in serving on the CAM Government Affairs Committee, please contact James (Jim) Oleksinski, M.A., J.D., LL.M, Governmental Relations Liaison, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access the PAC Frequently Asked Questions by clicking here.
~ John A. Raimondo, PE Director, Roncelli, Inc. Chairman, CAM GAC