Chamber Bi-Monthly Luncheon will feature Michigan FairTax speaker

The Rockford Chamber of Commerce is proud to present the April installment of its popular Bi-Monthly Luncheon Series. The event is scheduled from noon-1:30 p.m. on Monday, April 18 at the Bostwick Lake Inn, 8521 Belding Road. The featured speaker is John Crawford, president of the Michigan FairTax Association.

Crawford will share his opinion on the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and the impact it would have on the state of Michigan and its residents. According to, Michigan House Representative, District 73, Peter MacGregor supports the Michigan Fair Tax Proposal and Senator Mark Jansen has yet to make a decision.

In addition, the Web site says, “The Michigan FairTax will replace the Michigan Business Tax (MBT), the Personal Property Tax, and the Michigan Income Tax with only a Sales Tax. Michigan citizens will pay an additional 3.75 on whatever they buy, but they will get to keep the 4.35 cents on every dollar they are currently paying in payroll taxes. They won’t have to file or pay Michigan Income Tax; they will only pay tax on what they purchase. Business-to-business transactions will not be taxed. Anything that goes into manufacturing or is necessary to performing a service is considered a business-to-business transaction.”

To attend this timely presentation, please call the Chamber office at 866-2000, or e-mail to register. Cost, which includes lunch, is $15 for chamber members and $20 for non-members. Please note that if you have registered and are unable to attend you must call and cancel prior to the event, or you will be charged.

The Bi-Monthly Luncheon is a wonderful way to enjoy good food and excellent company in a relaxed atmosphere. Drawings for prizes are conducted at the conclusion of the event. The luncheon is also a great networking opportunity, so participants are reminded to bring their business cards.


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