Thank you to those who attended the 2018 Conference. With a jam packed agenda and a lot of engagement from our participants, many have requested to view additional information from our speakers. Click HERE to view speaker presentations and slide decks from the 2018 conference.

At the 2018 WMPF biennial conference, we discussed state policy priorities aimed at important ballot and education reforms as well as growing talent and job opportunities in Michigan. Our conference attendees VOTED on legislative policy directives that will help Michigan become a Top-10 state in the nation.

The top priority chosen in 2018 by over 400 business leaders was ensuring quality and accountability in K-12 education using an A-F grading model for schools.  The second highest priority called for petition/ballot reform to ensure state-wide representation on issues that required a state-wide vote. The WMPF also committed to continue the work needed to address local government unfunded liabilities and criminal justice reforms that would remove barriers to employment.

Following the conference, the WMPF Executive Committee set forth an aggressive agenda geared towards fulfilling those priorities as well as working on the 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.

WMPF successfully achieved the following priorities that were signed into law by Governor Snyder at the end of 2018. 

WMPF Priorities accomplished:

Priority 1:  Paid Sick Leave reform  

Priority 2:  Minimum Wage reform 

Priority 3:  Grading Schools – A-F

Priority 4:  Petition/Ballot Reform

Priority 5:  Licensure and Criminal Justice Reform including:

A. Cutting red tape
Pre-empting local governments from adding their own local license requirements if the state licenses an occupation.
B. Criminal Justice Reform
Establishing a process where an individual can get a pre-determination if their legal past will preclude them from getting a license; significantly speeding up the process.

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 care 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!

Successes since 2008 on the following priorities:


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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)


  • 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