Author Archives: Charles Owens

About Charles Owens

Charles Owens has been advocating the interests of small business in the Michigan Legislature for over 25 years, beginning with his tenure at the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Dry-cleaning and currently with the National Federation of Independent Business / Michigan. As the State Director of one of Michigan's most respected small business organizations, Owens is responsible for directing the NFIB in its mission to maintain the viability of small business in the face of expanded legislative and regulatory challenges. Owens has been an active participant in the legislative debate over numerous landmark Michigan issues including: the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, inheritance tax, tort liability reform, Unemployment Insurance reform, Workers’ Compensation, and Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act (MIOSHA) issues. Owens and the NFIB spearheaded the efforts of other small business groups in the fight for fairness and equity for small business in the debate over the repeal and replacement for the Michigan Business Tax. Owens is a 25 year member of the Capitol Club, a dedicated group of association executives committed to the advancement of legislative advocacy for their respective organizations. In 2005 he was elected by his peers to be President of the organization. In 2006, Owens was ranked as number five of the top ten single interest individual lobbyists in Michigan by Inside Michigan Politics. Under his leadership, NFIB was also ranked in the top twenty lobbyist organizations and top ten single interest lobbying organizations by the same publication. Originally a native of Rockford, Illinois, Owens graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Administration. follow on twitter: @OwensNFIB

The feds: Everybody out of the pool!

You might notice that are not as many “mom and pop” hotels these days. An odd example of why can be found in just one of the regulations that the federal government imposes on a business in the name of … Continue reading

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Medicaid expansion: Buy now, pay later

Like many of the consumer advertisements that proclaim ownership of big ticket items for “only pennies a day” the  promise of federal funding for Medicaid expansion under Obamacare should carry the familiar Better Business Bureau warning: “If it sounds too good … Continue reading

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Michigan Treasury’s tax overkill

Perception is a powerful tool when it comes to a state’s business climate. Making Michigan attractive for new investment – and encouraging businesses already located here to stay put – is a deliberative and dynamic process. Michigan’s recent, positive steps … Continue reading

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More bogus studies from bogus small business groups

Wow! Can you believe it? Small businesses are in support of hiking the minimum wage! They also support Obamacare and throwing away taxpayer money on green energy welfare subsidies! So when did small business owners suddenly lurch to the left … Continue reading

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Michigan Freedom to Work poster now available

Just one of many examples that Michigan is on the right track to encouraging development and job growth while the central planners in the Obama Administration are clueless: While the federal government’s attempt to force employers to post a notice … Continue reading

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Obamacare delay could reignite health care exchange fight

Apparently Health and Human Services (HHS) Secretary Kathleen Sebelius is beginning to realize what then Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi meant with her famous comment about the passage of Obamacare “we have to pass it to see what is … Continue reading

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Obama IRA “pension abuse” should start with government retirees

Word is that Obama’s budget plan, to be introduced this week, will propose limiting individual retirement accounts, IRAs, to no more than $3 million. The intent is to keep annual pension income to about $205,000 a year – an amount … Continue reading

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Should changes be made to the Michigan Merit Curriculum?

Background: In 2006, high school graduation requirements in Michigan were changed in an effort to better prepare students for college and the workplace. The changes, referred to as “The Michigan Merit Curriculum” defines a common set of required credits for … Continue reading

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Jobs: the cost of Obamacare’s Health Insurance Tax

Like most politicians during these difficult economic times, President Obama is always all about creating jobs. Also, like most politicians in DC, his policies make it clear he has no idea where they really come from. The latest proof of … Continue reading

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Michigan cannot afford “city-states”

The “think globally – act locally” community organizing crowd is always looking for a group of gullible and malleable city or local officials to help them with their next social experiment. Ironically, it is usually the city or county that … Continue reading

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