Michigan trade group honors state senator

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Michigan state Sen. Jack Brandenburg received the 2015 Mayor’s Cup Award from the Michigan Boating Industries Association.

Brandenburg, a Republican, was recognized by the MBIA board for his work in Michigan’s Boating Caucus and for a series of four legislative initiatives, including the state’s new Sales Tax on the Difference law for boats.

The presentation took place Saturday at the 57th annual Detroit Boat Show, which was held at the Cobo Center.

“The passage of Sales Tax on the Difference was vital for our industry to bring Michigan to an even playing field with other Great Lakes states for boat sales,” MBIA chairman Jim Coburn said in a statement. “We commend Senator Brandenburg for his leadership; he is very deserving of this honor.”

“Sales Tax on the Difference in Michigan created immediate results for our dealer members,” MBIA executive director Nicki Polan said. “Many are reporting specific instances where boat sales transactions stayed in our state that would have been taken to other states before STOD. Boating is a $7.4 billion industry in Michigan, and with STOD and the improving economy, we are expecting continued growth.”

The Mayor’s Cup Award started in 1984; 31 people have been recognized. The list includes Michigan municipalities, elected officials, organizations and individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to recreational boating.

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