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The city of Grand Rapids, Kent County and other parts of West Michigan were some of the fastest growing areas in our state during the…
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The state of Michigan has truly become the home of sports champions. Coach Jim Harbaugh led his University of Michigan football squad to a national…
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her sixth annual State of the State address this week. While we agree with the governor about the policy areas…
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced with great fanfare that 700,000 Michigan households were getting a new tax break. It was good news because any reduction…
People enjoy making New Year’s resolutions. And the media loves to write about them. We’ve determined eight much-needed 2024 resolutions from actual recent news articles…
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The city of Grand Rapids, Kent County and other parts of West Michigan were some of the fastest growing areas in our state during the…
Michigan Governor Gretchen Whitmer delivered her sixth annual State of the State address this week. While we agree with the governor about the policy areas…
Governor Gretchen Whitmer recently announced with great fanfare that 700,000 Michigan households were getting a new tax break. It was good news because any reduction…
People enjoy making New Year’s resolutions. And the media loves to write about them. We’ve determined eight much-needed 2024 resolutions from actual recent news articles…
GRAND RAPIDS – (Dec. 14, 2023) –The West Michigan Policy Forum today expressed disappointment that the state’s Growing Michigan Together Council is not calling out…
Since the Michigan Legislature has quit work early and will be out for the rest of the year, now is a good time to assess…
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Transportation

Although our elected leaders in Lansing eliminated the state’s A-F grading system for Michigan public schools, they thankfully cannot escape accountability from the American Society…
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Talent

Nearly 50,000 people have fled Michigan over the last three years, moving to states like Florida, Texas, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Georgia, and Arizona.…
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…
Caught between record-low unemployment and record-high inflation, it’s no secret that entrepreneurs are facing unprecedented challenges. It’s rare to enter a retail store or restaurant…
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…
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…
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.…
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Labor

For small businesses, few things matter more than a level playing field and a strong workforce. The West Michigan Policy Forum agrees with Gov. Gretchen…
Michigan’s former Right-to-work law has always been about jobs. And at Southwest Michigan First, we believe the greatest force for change is a job. With…
With confidence in our politicians near an all-time low in the United States, it is essential for all elected officials, both Republican and Democrat, to…
Last November, Tennessee joined eight other states in recognizing worker freedom as a fundamental right by constitutionalizing right-to-work - the law that protects workers from…
More than half of the United States agrees that workers should have the right to choose what’s best for them - with 28 states having…
In Michigan, we’ve had the opportunity to feel and see the prosperity and success being a right-to-work (RTW) state brings. And, we’re not alone in…
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Healthcare

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…
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…