Charles Owens

Charles Owens

Charles Owens has been advocating the interests of small business in the Michigan Legislature for over 25 years, beginning with his tenure at the Michigan Institute of Laundering and Dry-cleaning and currently with the National Federation of Independent Business / Michigan. Owens has been an active participant in the legislative debate over numerous landmark Michigan issues including: the Michigan Environmental Protection Act, Estate Tax, Business Taxes, Tort Reform, Unemployment Insurance Reform, Workers’ Compensation, Health Care Reform and the Michigan Occupational Safety & Health Act (MIOSHA). Owens and the NFIB spearheaded the efforts of other small business groups in the fight for fairness and equity for small business in the debate over the Corporate Income Tax replacement for the Michigan Business Tax. Originally from Rockford, Illinois, Owens graduated from Northern Illinois University with a Bachelors Degree in Finance and Business Administration.

Meet the next regulated utility: hospitals

The current debate over proposed changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law is really only the symptom of a greater problem: Hospitals have become a runaway unregulated monopoly. Right now a hospital industry spokesman somewhere is busily clacking away at their keyboard to respond to that assertion. They are going to go to great lengths … Continue Reading →

Civil forfeiture: Hand over the raisins now

Outrage has slowly begun to build over the policy of “civil forfeiture”, where the government can seize your property without a conviction or trial. Yet, for nearly 80 years, another bloated government bureaucracy, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has been doing essentially the same thing. The USDA has systematically robbed raisin growers of … Continue Reading →

Mark Schauer's struggle with the truth

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer’s struggle with the truth extends beyond the debate over school funding — where a $1 billion increase somehow becomes a cut — to the inability to make up his mind concerning his message on Michigan’s Corporate Income Tax (CIT). Out of the gate, the Democrats’ and candidate Schauer’s message on … Continue Reading →