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2010 House Bill 6242: Create government “New Economy Commission”
  1. Introduced by Rep. Ed Clemente (D) on June 8, 2010, to create a government “New Economy Commission” with members representing various named interest groups and has the mission of developing “a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the new economy” in Michigan. The term “new economy” is not defined in the bill. The commission would also be instructed to "develop a strategic vision for this state" that includes "economic development, international issues, outdoor recreation, land use, transit, and green initiatives".
    • Referred to the House New Economy And Quality Of Life Committee on June 8, 2010.
      • Reported in the House on July 28, 2010, with the recommendation that the substitute (H-1) be adopted and that the bill then pass.
    • Substitute offered in the House on September 29, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute passed by voice vote in the House on September 29, 2010.
    • Amendment offered by Rep. Ed Clemente (D) on September 29, 2010, to add the head of the Michigan Economic Development Corporation to the proposed commission. The amendment passed by voice vote in the House on September 29, 2010.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Ed Clemente (D) on September 29, 2010, to replace the previous version of the bill with one that revises details but does not change the substance as previously described. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 29, 2010.
    • Substitute offered by Rep. Tom McMillin (R) on September 29, 2010, to adopt a version of the bill that would also give this commission the duty of calculating the number of jobs lost annually as a result of the taxes paid by businesses ... to pay for" refundable tax credits (aka cash subsidies)awarded by the state to other firms, and "outline the inherent risks in focusing on a few industries, which is by definition the opposite of diversifying." Also, to tie-bar the bill to Senate Bill 889, which requires greater transparency for the state film subsidy program. The substitute failed by voice vote in the House on September 29, 2010.
  2. Passed 65 to 40 in the House on September 29, 2010, to create a government “New Economy Commission” with members representing various named interest groups (including the Michigan Strategic Fund and Economic Development Corporation that preside over selective business tax breaks and subsidies), and has the mission of developing “a statewide strategy for the enhancement, encouragement, and growth of the new economy” in Michigan. The term “new economy” is not defined in the bill. The commission would also be instructed to "develop a strategic vision for this state" that includes "economic development, international issues, outdoor recreation, land use, transit, and green initiatives".
    Who Voted "Yes" and Who Voted "No"

  3. Received in the Senate on November 3, 2010.
    • Referred to the Senate Economic Development and Regulatory Reform Committee on November 3, 2010.

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