The 2016 West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) was held on MondayWMPF-TLA-Logo-small, September 26 at the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel and the JW Marriott in downtown Grand Rapids.

The top priority chosen by over 400 business leaders attending this year’s forum was addressing the looming crisis of unfunded retirement and healthcare costs. See here for more information.

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.

During the course of the event participants are encouraged to vote on pre-selected issues and then rank priorities using an online application.

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

Michigan 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.

The West Michigan Policy Forum’s mission is to create jobs and opportunities in Michigan by removing barriers to competitiveness, empowering grassroots advocacy within the state’s business community and moving forward with legislative policy directives geared toward Michigan’s long-term prosperity.

At WMPF conferences in 2008, 2010, 2012 and 2014 business and community leaders from around the state set forth an aggressive agenda geared toward fulfilling that mission in the following areas:

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)

GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Streamlining the permitting process (2008)
  • Local government consolidation (2012)
  • Term limit modification (2014)

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.