MCUL Governmental Affairs Conference

Secretary of State Ruth Johnson speaking at 2014 MCUL GAC

The 2014 MCUL Governmental Affairs Conference was held March 25 and 26 in Lansing Michigan.

The Michigan Credit Union League's (MCUL) Governmental Affairs Conference creates an opportunity for credit unions to address important state public policy issues, as well as gather with credit union peers and meet legislators. Don't miss a great opportunity to get caught up on the issues impacting credit unions where Michigan legislators will see the first-hand commitment of Michigan credit unions to be "People Helping People".

2014 GAC Day One: Secretary of State Johnson Says She Wants to Move Michigan to Electronic Vehicle Titling

LANSING – Secretary of State Ruth Johnson said that she is committed to moving the state to an electronic vehicle titling system.

Johnson told attendees at the MCUL & Affiliates GAC electronic titling of vehicles will reduce fraud.

“The sophisticated level of some of (people who commit title fraud) is just incredible,” Johnson said.

Chris Hackbarth, director of the office of policy initiatives for the Secretary of State, said the state Legislature is drafting a four-bill package on electronic vehicle titling. SOS is looking for an outside vendor that has experience instituting a similar program in another state.

“The secretary has really been focused on fraud,” Hackbarth said.

2014 GAC Day Two: State GOP and Democratic Chairs Face Off at GAC

LANSING – The MCUL & Affiliates GAC wrapped up Wednesday with credit union advocates meeting with lawmakers from their districts, which followed a debate featuring the chairmen of the state Republican and Democratic parties.

GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak said Gov. Rick Snyder is moving the state in the right direction.

“People are seeing a future in Michigan and it’s a bright one,” Schostak said.

But Democratic Party Chairman Lon Johnson said the state’s recovery is not what it first appears.

“Is our middle class growing or not?” Johnson asked. “The answer is no.”

While Johnson said he agreed with Republicans that the state needed to do away with the Michigan Business Tax, he disagreed with how Snyder ended it. He said Republicans gave businesses a tax break, then took money out of education, taxed seniors and allowed the state’s roads to deteriorate.

Schostak said the governor’s policies are allowing small businesses to grow, which allows them to hire employees and increase wages. He said out-of-state businesses are now considering a move to Michigan.

“Michigan is on the list when before, we were far off the list,” Schostak said.

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