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Traverse Connect Legislative Update – October 20, 2021

Listen to MI Business Coalition

The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance and Traverse Connect this week joined a coalition of businesses to ask President Biden and the U.S. Department of Labor to reconsider a vaccine mandate for businesses with more than 100 employees. 

The Listen to MI Business campaign acknowledges the importance of vaccination to restore public health and economic vitality, but the coalition takes issue with the notion that employers will soon bear the responsibility to implement the new rule. 

“The Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance represents over 7,500 businesses, none of which should be solely tasked with carrying the responsibility of a vaccine mandate during an extreme labor shortage.” said Warren Call, President and CEO of Traverse Connect, “While we agree our employers and government each have a role to play, private businesses must be allowed to make their decision based on what is best for their employees and customers.” 

Redistricting Update

Michigan’s Independent Citizen’s Redistricting Commission will meet on October 25 at Treetops Resort in Gaylord from 1-3:30 p.m. with a subsequent public comment period from 5-8 pm. 

The Michigan Information and Research Service (MIRS News) published a brief summary of the 10 proposed draft maps from Michigan’s Independent Citizens Redistricting Commission. Districts in northern Michigan have remained largely consistent in all ten proposed draft maps. See the breakdown below.

State Senate Map 1 – Elm

Seat Split: 19-19

Lopsided Margins: 5.7% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 6.2% in favor of Republicans

State Senate Map 2 – Cherry

Seat Split: 20-18, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4.5% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 3.4% in favor of Republicans

State Senate Map 3 – Spruce

Seat Split: 20-18, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4.5% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 3.1% in favor of Republicans

State House Map 1 – Peach

Seat Split: 55-55

Lopsided Margins: 6.3% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 6.4% in favor of Republicans

State House Map 2 – Oak

Seat Split: 56-54, Republicans

Lopsided Margins: 6.8% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 7.4% in favor of Republicans

State House Map 3 – Pine

Seat Split: 56-54, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 5.8% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 5.7% in favor of Republicans

Congressional Map 1 – Apple

Seat Split: 7-6, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 1.3% in favor of Republicans

Congressional Map 2 – Birch

Seat Split: 7-6, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4.1% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 0.7% in favor of Republicans

Congressional Map 3 – Maple

Seat Split: 7-6, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4.1% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 0.8% in favor of Republicans

Congressional Map 4 – Juniper

Seat Split: 7-6, Democrats

Lopsided Margins: 4% in favor of Republicans

Efficiency Gap: 0.8% in favor of Republicans