Join us at the WMPF biennial conference this fall to discuss state policy priorities aimed at growing jobs, talent and opportunities in Michigan.  During the course of the event participants are encouraged to VOTE on   the top three  legislative policy directives that will help Michigan become a Top-10 state in the nation.

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.

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:

TRANSPORTATION INFRASTRUCTURE

  • Update the state’s funding mechanisms (2008)
  • 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 common 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: 3rd Grade Reading Readiness (2016)

GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Streamlining the permitting process (2008)
  • Local government consolidation (2012)
  • Term limit modification (2014)
  • Criminal Justice Reform (2016 Conference)
  • Keeping Promises – Teacher and Municipal Retirement Reforms (2016)
  • Unfunded Liabilities – Schools (2017)

LABOR

  • Maintain Michigan’s Freedom to Work Status (2008)

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.