Small Business Association of Michigan (SBAM) President Brian Calley, right, presents state Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, with the association’s 2022 Legislator of the Year award on Thursday, June 16. SBAM recognized Tisdel for his efforts to support small businesses, including his sponsorship of a recent state income tax change to help many small businesses save on their federal taxes. Photo courtesy of SBAM.

Small Business Association of Michigan names Rep. Tisdel ‘Legislator of the Year’

Lansing, MI - Jun 21, 2022 - The Small Business Association of Michigan honored state Reps. Mark Tisdel (R-Rochester Hills) and Sara Cambensy (D-Marquette) as its 2022 Legislators of the Year.

“Reps. Tisdel and Cambensy are common-sense pro-small business leaders who have time and time again gone to bat for Michigan’s small businesses,” said SBAM President and CEO Brian Calley. “We are proud to honor them as our 2022 Legislators of the Year for the leadership and advocacy they have shown this year.”

SBAM honored Tisdel for being a pro-small business leader in his caucus, leading several tax policy legislative efforts, including the tax code for flow-through entities (most small businesses) that faced a veto from the Governor. Tisdel continued working on the issue until it was signed into law. When the economic development package passed at the end of 2021, Rep. Tisdel ensured that incentives didn’t just focus on large employers. He also advocated for Congress to strengthen the Work Opportunity Tax Credit, which incentivizes businesses to hire populations traditionally left out of our workforce. He holds a 100% voting record on SBAM’s legislative priorities.

Cambensy has been a tremendous advocate who is not afraid to vote independently of her political party on core small business issues. She voted to override the Governor’s veto appropriating $150M to the unemployment trust fund, voted to end pandemic-related policies that created disincentives to going back to work, and she voted to reduce the personal income tax, which is the primary tax small businesses pay. She has gone above and beyond to stand up for Michigan’s small business community.

Rep. Tisdel represents the 45th District in the Michigan House of Representatives, which includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township. He is the majority vice chair of the House Committee on Tax Policy. He also serves on committees related to Health Policy; Insurance; and Families, Children and Seniors. Prior to his time in the Legislature, Tisdel served eight years on the Rochester Hills City Council and has a wealth of small business experience.

Rep. Cambensy is serving her third term representing the 109th House District, which comprises Alger, Luce and Schoolcraft counties and part of Marquette County. She is assistant democratic floor leader and serves on the Agriculture and Commerce and Tourism committees. Before her time in the House, Cambensy was a Marquette city commissioner and director of adult education for Marquette Public Schools.

The awards were presented on June 16, during SBAM’s Annual Meeting in Lansing.

House approves Rep. Tisdel plan to protect online shoppers

June 21, 2022 - State Rep. Mark Tisdel and the Michigan House of Representatives today approved Tisdel’s bipartisan plan to protect online shoppers from scams and fraud.

Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, is the lead sponsor of House Bill 5487, which, together with HB 5486, would require high-volume third-party sellers that sell products to Michigan consumers to provide online marketplaces with specific identifying information.

“Online selling makes buying convenient for everyone, but it also opens convenient doors for bad actors to set up shop,” Tisdel said. “Whether underhanded sellers are scamming consumers or profiting on stolen goods, we need to catch them and hold them accountable. Transparent reporting between sellers and online platforms will enable our state to punish bad actors and protect online shoppers.”

Under Tisdel’s plan, third-party sellers that make at least $5,000 total in gross revenue from at least 200 different sales through an online marketplace over a 12-month period would be required to report to the marketplace the individual seller’s name, contact information, tax identification number, and bank account number or the name of the person receiving payments.

Online marketplaces would be required to allow shoppers to report suspicious activity by sellers.

After earning overwhelming bipartisan approval in the House, the bills now advance to the Senate, which previously approved similar legislation unanimously.

Rep. Tisdel: Whitmer rejects gas tax relief, calls for federal action

June 22, 2022 - State Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, who serves as majority vice chair of the House Tax Policy Committee, today issued the following statement after Gov. Gretchen Whitmer called on the federal government to pause the federal gas tax despite her past veto of a state gas tax pause:

“After refusing to act on gas tax relief when the Legislature gave her the chance, the governor wants the federal government to bail her out. The half-hearted proposal from the Biden administration pales in comparison to our bipartisan relief plan Gov. Whitmer vetoed. Parents, students, employers and employees in the Greater Rochester area are hurting because of rising gas prices. They are frustrated, and they fear what the next months will bring, so I’ll keep striving for state-based solutions.”

In March, Tisdel and the Legislature approved House Bill 5570, which would have paused Michigan’s 27.2 cents per gallon motor fuel tax for six months to help lower high gas prices. Whitmer vetoed the bipartisan bill in April.

President Joe Biden earlier today called only for a three-month pause of the federal gas tax, which costs 18.4 cents per gallon.

Rep. Tisdel urges thoughtful, thorough conversation after Supreme Court ruling

June 24, 2022 - State Rep. Mark Tisdel, R-Rochester Hills, today issued the following statement after the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization:

“The Supreme Court has returned authority over abortion back to the states. As this issue weighs on the minds of public officials, there are many medical, legal, and ethical considerations that must be balanced. I look forward to thoughtful, thorough conversations, and legislative action that reflects the needs and wisdom of Michiganders.”


About State Representative Mark Tisdel

State Rep. Mark Tisdel, of Rochester Hills, represents Greater Rochester in the Michigan House of Representatives. The 45th House District, which Tisdel represents, includes the cities of Rochester and Rochester Hills and part of Oakland Township.

Representative Mark Tisdel is one of 110 Members of The Michigan House of Representatives who are elected by the qualified electors of districts having approximately 77,000 to 91,000 residents.

Representatives are elected in even-numbered years to 2-year terms. Legislative districts are drawn on the basis of population figures through the federal decennial census.

June 28, 2022, from the office of 45th District Michigan House Representative Mark A. Tisdel and SBAM

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