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.