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In Michigan, we’ve had the opportunity to feel and see the prosperity and success being a right-to-work state brings (RTW). And, we’re not alone in…
We’re still fighting to protect our students’ educational growth - and this year, our third graders are on the front lines. Democrats want to repeal…
You may have seen our recent op-ed in The Detroit News on the benefits of Right-to-work. And you may have heard our conversation with Michael…
Wishful thinking is failing Michigan’s students - we need action. We can’t let another 12 months go by with record-high spending at the K-12 level…
As Michigan’s Right-to-work (RTW) law celebrates 10 years as a statute, it also faces the possibility of repeal from the incoming Democratic majority. In this…
In 2018, at the urging of the National Federation of Independent Business in Michigan (NFIB) and the business community, the Michigan legislature adopted the minimum…
Ten years ago we came together to protect the interest of all Michigan workers, unions, and our state’s economy by advocating to make Michigan a…
New data released by the Michigan Department of Education shows 112 of Michigan’s K-12 schools received low-achieving marks. This is a dramatic increase from 2018,…
As the legislative session winds down, investors and leaders of the West Michigan Policy Forum heard from Michigan Representative Matt Hall of Comstock Township about…
I run a Kalamazoo-based organization called KPEP, a private, nonprofit community corrections organization that has facilities in Kalamazoo, Muskegon, Battle Creek, Benton Harbor and Paw…
In 2018, our state made a commitment to improve our education system when legislators approved a bill that holds schools accountable for their performance and…
This summer, Michigan legislators agreed on a $76 billion budget, which included fulfilling pension promises. The West Michigan Policy Forum is proud of our lawmakers…
Florida’s K-12 education system has gotten a major face-lift over the last twenty years, and continues to climb the ladder with the push of policies…
Michigan’s K-12 education system ranks 32 in the nation according to U.S. News. And according to data from the Michigan Student Test of Educational Progress…
There’s $7 billion that remains available on Michigan’s balance sheet, half of which is leftover one-time federal stimulus dollars. Michigan’s fiscal year 2023 budget signed…
You might be surprised to learn that Michigan has a law against starting school before Labor Day – if you are in one of the…
The hospitality industry is filled with incredible servers, who, for the most part, intentionally chose this business because of the perks of tipping. In an…
This month, The West Michigan Policy Forum (WMPF) hosted a conversation with Michigan State Senator and Senate President Pro Tempore Aric Nesbitt. Senator Nesbitt lives…
Do you know what one of the key elements to a thriving economy is? It’s often overlooked and underestimated, but it’s the foundation for a…
The top priority for the WMPF this year has been: To ensure the spending of one-time dollars were used to achieve results that will be…
The West Michigan Policy Forum recently kicked off bi-monthly legislative chats to provide an intimate opportunity to have our members listen to, glean from, and…
Michigan and the rest of our nation have been facing a grave labor drought that’s impairing our economy and causing many businesses, large and small,…
Michigan legislators have unprecedented sums of money to spend. Some might call them “generational” dollars – not just because this much money only comes along…
The West Michigan Policy Forum would like to recognize and congratulate John and Nancy Kennedy and Mike VanGessel, who were recently honored at The Economic…
Two years ago at the dawn of the COVID-19 pandemic, Michigan’s unemployment rate hit a high not seen since the great depression - 22.7% of…
As the pandemic shifts to an endemic phase, Americans and others around the world are examining what the state of personal freedom looks like in…
The State of Education in Michigan, the focus of the 2022 Kalamazoo Regional Meeting, brought a national expert to Southwest Michigan that added to a…
The ability to read is a strong predictor of future success, and Michigan’s kids are behind after multiple years of distance learning. The 2021 Michigan…
Never before in US history have dollars flowed from Washington to the states the way they currently are. The price tag: $350 billion for eligible…
Michigan is facing a housing shortage - and the cost of homes has skyrocketed over the past year, leaving many unable to afford housing. This…
Michigan’s success in recent years can be traced back to important improvements in the way business and residents live, work and play in our state.…
The West Michigan Policy Forum took communicating messaging and actions very seriously from the early onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our goal first and foremost…