Importance of Defending Progress and Success

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 has set priorities and achieved them. Now, keeping the improvements to our state in place is the next step. The voices of our members are key to continuing on the path to prosperity. WMPF members have had an impact in Lansing through direct advocacy, earned media opportunities and visibility during events and discussions.

What are WMPF’s priorities? They are the true challenges and changes that will move Michigan forward.

Streamlining the permitting process
Repeal of the Michigan Business Tax
Local government consolidation
Reform of the Personal Property Tax, eliminating this penalty for many key job creating investments
Criminal Justice Reform
Keeping Promises – Teacher and Municipal Retirement Reforms
Unfunded Liabilities – Schools
Petition/Ballot Signature Reform
Streamlining Occupational Licensure, cutting red tape for work

Build the New International Trade Crossing and Freight Tunnel to Canada
Ensure state policies maximize federal matching dollars
Update/reform the state’s funding mechanisms

Encourage the development of consistent K-12 and higher education metrics
Support the dedication of funds for early childhood development
Expansion of college credits for work experience
Require funding for state economic development and workforce agencies to align more closely with private sector efforts in talent development initiative
Reform of Teacher Evaluation
Reform: 3rd Grade Reading Readiness
A-F Quality & Accountability in K-12

Maintain Michigan’s Freedom to Work Status
Repeal of the Prevailing Wage mandate
Grow Michigan’s Labor Participation rate – Addition of Medicaid work requirements for able-bodied adults
Paid Sick Leave Reform (Defense)
Minimum Wage Reform (Defense)

Increase funding for health care providers with effective prevention practices