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MEDC | International Trade: July News

Michigan Business Network
July 3, 2020 10:00 AM

USMCA is Live!

July 1 marks day one of USMCA implementation. Now that the trade agreement is live, make sure you’re following the new guidelines. While all products that had zero tariffs under NAFTA will remain at zero under USMCA, there are many significant changes you should be aware of. Differences affecting the automotive sector exist regarding rules of origin, labor provisions and a renewal clause.

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Gov. Whitmer Signs Bill Extending the Expiration of Driver's Licenses, State ID Cards, Vehicle Registrations to Sept. 30

Michigan Business Network
July 3, 2020 6:00 AM

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bills 876-878, which codify her previous Executive Orders, further extending the renewal dates for driver’s licenses, CDLs, state ID cards and vehicle registrations. Among the extensions outlined in the legislation, those with driver’s licenses or vehicle registrations expiring after March 1 have until September 30, 2020 to have them renewed.

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Michigan’s Office of Future Mobility and Electrification Formally Launches, Sets Course for Economic Growth, Job Creation

Michigan Business Network
July 2, 2020 7:00 PM

Trevor Pawl named Chief Mobility Officer, to head Office of Future Mobility and Electrification   

LANSING, Mich. – Governor Gretchen Whitmer announced the formal launch of the Office of Future Mobility and Electrification (OFME) today, naming Trevor Pawl as the state’s Chief Mobility Officer and reaffirming Michigan’s position as the global leader in producing and developing the next-generation of transportation technologies. The new office will work across state government, academia and private industry to enhance Michigan’s mobility ecosystem, including developing dynamic mobility and electrification policies and supporting the startup and scale up of emerging technologies and businesses.

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NEWS RELEASE : MIOSHA Launches Program to Ensure Hospital Workers Have Appropriate Personal Protective Equipment

Michigan Business Network
July 2, 2020 4:00 PM

LANSING, MICH. To ensure front-line hospital workers caring for and treating COVID-19 patients are receiving the appropriate personal protective equipment (PPE) from their employer, the Michigan Occupational Safety and Health Administration (MIOSHA) has launched a state emphasis program (SEP) that will be in effect through December 31, 2020. This SEP will increase MIOSHA’s presence in hospitals to enforce the requirement to provide appropriate PPE to protect hospital staff and ensure they can continue to care for those most in need.

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SBA : US-Mexico-Canada Agreement Enters into Force, Officially Replacing NAFTA

Michigan Business Network
July 2, 2020 12:00 PM

On July 1, 2020, the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA) entered into force, officially replacing the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). USMCA is a ground-breaking achievement for U.S. small businesses and is the first trade agreement ever to include a full chapter dedicated to small business interests.

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Daily MBA Bank Beat for July 1

Michigan Business Network
July 2, 2020 10:00 AM

MBA Highlights

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Senate Passes Peters’ Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Payments to Deceased Americans

Michigan Business Network
July 2, 2020 6:00 AM

Senate Approved Peters’ Bill Following Report Condemning Over $1 Billion Wasted in Coronavirus Stimulus Payments to Deceased Individuals

WASHINGTON, DC – U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), Ranking Member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, applauded Senate passage of bipartisan legislation he introduced to prevent the federal government from wasting taxpayer dollars on wrongful payments to deceased Americans. The Senate’s action follows a report Peters released earlier this week detailing how the Trump Administration sent more than 1.1 million Coronavirus economic relief payments totaling $1.4 billion to deceased individuals. In March, Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act to help address the severe economic consequences of the pandemic, which included $1,200 stimulus payments for income-eligible taxpayers across the country.

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NEWS RELEASE : Treasury | State Individual Income Tax Returns Due in Two Weeks

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2020 3:00 PM

E-Filing is the Quickest Option for Receiving Refunds

LANSING, Mich. – The Michigan Department of Treasury (Treasury) is reminding taxpayers that state individual income tax returns are due in two weeks.
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Governor Whitmer Signs Bill for Supplemental Funding to Support COVID-19 Response

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2020 2:00 PM

LANSING, Mich. -- Today, Governor Whitmer signed Senate Bill 690, which appropriates nearly $880 million in federal funding to support various COVID-19 response actions across the state.

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NEWS RELEASE : UIA Adds to Leadership Team to Enhance Services, Prevent Imposter Fraud

Michigan Business Network
July 1, 2020 1:00 PM

LANSING, MICH. As Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance Agency continues to process a record number of claims, Tuesday it announced additions to its leadership team adding capacity to improve customer service, data analytics, fraud, and systems.

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