Boyne Area Chamber lunch host will explain ins outs of Proposition 1 on March 12


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Beth Gohs

Staff Writer

The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce will host a Thursday March 12 luncheon in the Community Room at the Boyne District Library where speaker Kent Wood will discuss upcoming election issues.

Wood, Director of Government Relations at the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance (NMCA) will speak about Proposition 1, for the May 5 ballot, which entails increasing sales tax by a penny to help with roads and schools among other things.

“Most of our members don’t like the idea of charging more sales tax, but they also feel it’s important to fix our roads, support our schools and cities,” said Jim Baumann, Executive Director at the Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce. “So, it’s a tough decision. And, it’s a complicated ballot question.”
He added, “So, we are bringing in a speaker to explain it.”

The Boyne Area Chamber of Commerce has been an associate member of the NMCA for two years. The organization supports multiple issues that are important to the business community.

Baumann said they encourage movements to close the funding gap in K-12 per-pupil funding, expand broadband access, regulatory reform and continue Pure Michigan funding.

“This proposition has major implications for the business community, but it is also important to the general public because they have to pay sales tax and drive on our substandard roads,” Baumann said. “This also assures that our cities and schools don’t lose revenue when taxes are shifted—so, it will affect nearly everyone.”

The event is open to the public, with 30 to 50 seats available.

You can buy a lunch ticket for $5.

To reserve a place for the luncheon, call the chamber at (231) 582-6222.

Kent’s Bio from Traverse Connect

Kent is a Traverse City native who has been with the Chamber since December 2013.

In his role, he leads the business advocacy efforts for the Chamber and the Northern Michigan Chamber Alliance.

He serves as the organization’s chief lobbyist and contact with local, state and federal lawmakers, and directs and manages the various aspects of the Chamber’s strategic advocacy and policy development efforts.

Before arriving at the Chamber, Kent was the Policy Director and Legislative Affairs Manager for the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, and served as legislative director for State Rep. Peter Pettalia of Presque Isle, and as the director of constituent services for State Rep. Wayne Schmidt of Traverse City.

Kent also served as Schmidt’s campaign manager for his successful state House bid in 2008.

Kent received his law degree from Michigan State University College of Law in 2013, and has a B.A. in French and Political Science from Albion College.

He and his wife Glenna have three children: a daughter Mackenzie, and sons Graeme and Brady.