The first Legislative Breakfast Forum of the Construction Association of Michigan Government Affairs Committee (CAM GAC) was held on the morning of Tuesday, October 2, 2012 at the Schoolcraft VisTaTech Center in Livonia. Nearly 150 CAM Members were in attendance to hear key legislators address current construction industry concerns.
Welcomes were given by CAM President Kevin Koehler, and Chairman of the CAM GAC, John A. Raimondo, a director of Roncelli, Inc., Sterling Heights.
The panel was split evenly between Democratic and Republican parties, and included: Michigan State Senator Patrick Colbeck (R-Canton); State Representative Joe Haveman (R-Holland); State Representative Rudy Hobbs (D-Southfield); and Michigan State Senator John Gleason (D-Genesee County). The panel was moderated by Kyle Melinn, editor of the MIRS News Service, who skillfully guided the conversation.
The discussion that followed included information on a possible repeal or reform of Michigan's Personal Property Tax; changes to the Michigan School Loan Bond Program; the Michigan Business Tax; and the six upcoming Proposals on next month's ballot.