The West Michigan Policy Forum’s mission is to create jobs and opportunities through identifying and removing barriers to competitiveness to help Michigan become a Top-10 state in the nation. Its role is to provide leadership, education and a voice for Michigan businesses to guide the administration and legislature on key policy initiatives.

At our biennial conferences we gather business leaders from around the state and vote on top policy priorities to achieve this mission. At our most recent conference the top priorities were the following:

  • Support an A-F grading model for our K-12 schools to ensure quality and accountability in K-12 education.
  • Reform our Petition/Ballot process to ensure state-wide representation on issues that require a state-wide vote.
  • Continue to push for reform in our state and local governments to address their unfunded liabilities that, if left unchecked, will greatly impact current and future retirees and the next generation.

Following the conference, the WMPF Executive Committee set forth an aggressive agenda and succeeded in fulfilling those priorities as well as gaining needed reforms to minimum wage and paid sick leave legislation that, if left as written, would be devastating to Michigan job growth and overall business climate.

In 2019, the West Michigan Policy Forum will continue to defend these achievements and push for reforms needed to address the unfunded liabilities facing local governments, just to name a few, as we continue our efforts to make Michigan a Top -10 state in the nation.

The WMPF appreciates its many supporters who share in these accomplishments – the work can’t be done without the voice of our tremendous business community who cares passionately about good policy for Michigan. There is still much to be done to keep Michigan moving forward with a new administration and new legislators.

Your participation and voice is critical to continuing the momentum in Michigan!

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Successes since 2008 on the following priorities:

TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

  • 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)

TALENT

  • Encourage the development of consistent K-12 and higher education metrics (2012)
  • Support the dedication of funds for early childhood development (2012)
  • Expansion of college credits for work experience (2014)
  • Require funding for state economic development and workforce agencies to align more closely with private sector efforts in talent development initiative (2014)
  • Reform of Teacher Evaluation (2015)
  • Reform: 3rd Grade Reading Readiness (2016)
  • A-F Quality & Accountability in K-12 (2018)

GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Streamlining the permitting process (2008)
  • Repeal of the Michigan Business Tax (2011)
  • Local government consolidation (2012)
  • Reform of the Personal Property Tax, eliminating this penalty for many key job creating investments (2012)
  • Criminal Justice Reform (2016 Conference)
  • Keeping Promises – Teacher and Municipal Retirement Reforms (2016)
  • Unfunded Liabilities – Schools (2017)
  • Petition/Ballot Signature Reform (2018)
  • Streamlining Occupational Licensure, cutting red tape for work (2018)

LABOR

  • Maintain Michigan’s Freedom to Work Status (2008)
  • Repeal of the Prevailing Wage mandate (2018)
  • Grow Michigan’s Labor Participation rate – Addition of Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied adults (2018)
  • Paid Sick Leave Reform (Defense) (2018)
  • Minimum Wage Reform (Defense) (2018)

STATE HEALTH CARE REFORM

  • Increase funding for health care providers with effective prevention practices (2008)

 

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