The top priority chosen in 2016 by over 400 business leaders attending the forum was: Addressing the looming crisis of unfunded retirement and healthcare costs.
Other priorities voted on included (in order of importance): eliminating the state’s income tax, achieving criminal justice reform, expanding education choice and empowering individuals with more options in housing.
Your participation and voice is critical to continuing the momentum in Michigan.
Following the 2016 conference, the WMPF Executive Committee set forth an aggressive agenda geared towards fulfilling those priorities. In June 2017, unfunded pension liabilities—specific to teachers in the state—topped the list of the state legislature and the bill was quickly approved by law makers.
- After fight, lawmakers pass ironclad changes to teacher retirement … —Detroit Free Press-Jun 15, 2017
- Michigan Senate passes teacher retirement overhaul —MLive.com-Jun 15, 2017
The state is on the road to recovery, but we have a long way to go before we can lead the nation in economic vitality, innovation, job growth and quality of life. By removing barriers to competitiveness and empowering grassroots advocacy within the state’s business community, we can continue driving Michigan’s resurgence.
Since its inception in 2008, the WMPF has fulfilled the following priorities chosen by our conferences attendees:
- Build the New International Trade Crossing and Freight Tunnel to Canada (2012)
- Ensure state policies maximize federal matching dollars (2012)
- Update/reform the state’s funding mechanisms (2008, 2012, 2014)
We will hold lawmakers accountable for making bold decisions to reinvent Michigan and challenge state government to operate with the same vigor as the private sector