Legislation to Increase Capacity at Branch Offices

Secretary of State Jocelyn Benson announced legislation has been introduced to increase the Department of State’s capacity to serve customers at its branch offices. The bills would address a severe reduction of staff in previous decades and a backlog of transactions that need to be done following extensions of credential expirations throughout the pandemic.

In recent decades, disinvestment and other rollbacks at the Department of State cut offices by 46 percent and staff by 40 percent. Meanwhile, the state’s population grew 10 percent and the number of vehicles in Michigan increased 25 percent, leading to office wait times tripling from 2011 to 2018 to an average of nearly two hours at the ten busiest offices.

In 2020, these challenges were exacerbated by the pandemic, with exposures to the virus forcing staff to stay home and offices to close.

Kurt Berryman Takes the Top Honor (Again!)

After the votes were tallied in the latest MIRS/EPIC-MRA Insider Survey, our own Kurt Berryman has made the top spot (yet again) as the most effective individual lobbyist. He has taken most effective lobbyist in the biannual survey in 2019, 2017, 2015, 2013 and tied for the honor back in 2011. This year, he secured 9% of the vote.
Reached for comment by MIRS, the never shy Berryman offered up “I would like to thank Zoom, sweat pants, Door Dash and, of course, my wife — because that is smart lobbying.”
In the category of which membership association is considered “most effective” at lobbying, Auto Dealers of Michigan took the #4 spot with 5% of the vote. (Topped only by the Michigan Chamber, Michigan Beer and Wine Wholesalers and the Michigan Health and Hospital Association.)
Kurt has done an excellent job leading our legislative efforts and promoting the franchised car and truck industry in Michigan. If you have a moment, please reach out and offer your congratulations.

Sheryl Crow to Headline Motor City Car Crawl Charitable Evening in Downtown Detroit

Singer-songwriter and nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow will headline the Motor City Car Crawl Charity Gala taking place in downtown Detroit at Campus Martius on August 7, 2021.

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The charitable event is part of the first-time Motor City Car Crawl, produced by the Detroit Auto Dealers Association (DADA) and the Downtown Detroit Partnership (DDP), a free, outdoor, walkable event that will kick off at noon, Thursday, Aug. 5 and last through Sunday, Aug. 8.

“Following a year that had a negative impact on many organizations, especially non-profits, we are thrilled to create and host a new event that will raise money for children’s charities,” said Doug North, DADA Special Events Chairman. “We are especially thankful to feature a big name, like Sheryl Crow, as our headliner to help draw people downtown.”

In addition to a performance by Sheryl Crow, the ticketed Charity Gala will feature an array of food and beverage offerings. The Gala will raise money for nine Detroit children’s charities including, Boys & Girls Clubs of Southeastern Michigan, Boys Hope Girls Hope Detroit, Children’s Center, The Children’s Foundation, Detroit PAL, Judson Center, March of Dimes Metro Detroit, University of Michigan C.S. Mott Children’s Hospital and Detroit Auto Dealers Association Charitable Foundation Fund, a fund of the Community Foundation for Southeast Michigan.

“Our partnership with Rod Alberts and the DADA continues to grow with this exciting announcement of Sheryl Crow as the headliner,” said Eric Larson, CEO, Downtown Detroit Partnership. “Public spaces continue to provide unique opportunities for our community to come together in Downtown Detroit and this ticketed Gala will provide critical financial support to nine local children’s charities.”

Tickets for the Aug. 7 Motor City Car Crawl Charity Gala will be available for $250 per ticket and can be purchased at naias.com/mc3-tickets beginning June 10. Recommended attire for the Gala is summer chic.