Jackson and Battle Creek ranked nationally in corporate facility project numbers

For Immediate Release
March 6, 2013

Contact: Greg Moore

Jackson and Battle Creek ranked nationally in corporate facility project numbers

LANSING, Mich.— The award-winning Site Selection magazine announced Wednesday that Battle Creek and Jackson tied for second place in the U.S. in the number of major new corporate projects and expansions in 2012 among areas with fewer than 200,000 residents.

Battle Creek and Jackson each tallied 13 projects last year.

“I am thrilled that the two largest cities in my district are leading the nation in new corporate projects and expansions,” said Sen. Mike Nofs, R-Battle Creek. “This just reaffirms the strides the governor and the Legislature have been making in reinventing Michigan and improving our business climate.

“During my campaign I pledged to work for ‘Jobs First, Jobs Now,’ a commitment that continues to be my primary focus.”

Michigan also ranked fourth among states in the annual nationwide competition for major new corporate projects and expansions. The rankings include projects that create at least 50 jobs, have a total investment of at least $1 million, or expand facilities at least 20,000 square feet.

When asked for the primary reason for the strong showing by Michigan, Nofs noted that it’s not just one thing.

“I think it’s a combination of issues that we’ve been working hard on over the last several years, including tax and regulatory reform, paying down debt, and using sound budgeting principles that are signaling to investors and business owners that we are serious about making Michigan a more welcoming and competitive place to do business. Announcements like this show that we’re on the right track.”



Nofs co-sponsors ‘swipe fee’ bill

Nofs co-sponsors ‘swipe fee’ bill

LANSING—Legislation was introduced in the Michigan Senate on Thursday that would prevent retailers from adding surcharges to certain bills, said state Sen. Mike Nofs.

Under current law, merchants are allowed to charge “swipe fees” or “checkout fees” to consumers who pay by credit card. Senate Bill 240, sponsored by Sen. Jim Marleau, R-Lake Orion, would ban these surcharges, which may be up to 4 percent of a total sale.

“Prices on everything from milk to Internet service continue to rise Michigan families should not be forced to pay a separate fee when paying with a credit card,” said Nofs, R-Battle Creek. This legislation will protect consumers from having to pay credit card fees. In order to continue the economic progress our state has made thus far, we must remain consumer-friendly.”

Currently, 10 states have laws banning credit card surcharges, and at least 13 other states have introduced legislation that would prohibit the practice.

As of January 28, Visa and MasterCard have allowed merchants to add a surcharge to credit card transactions as part of a settlement from an antitrust lawsuit brought by retailers.

SB 240 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions for consideration.