Mission

The West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) seeks to create a competitive economic environment for Michigan through targeted public policy.

The WMPF’s policy agenda currently focuses on five (5) specific policy directives including:

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)

 

Challenge

The challenge to state government is to operate with the same vigor as the private sector and adapt to new directions and change policies quickly to create jobs and opportunities for the future.