Topic: Government

Michigan’s state elected officials still have important work to do on the state budget; work they should discuss this week at the annual Mackinac Policy…
Although it’s been said that April showers bring May flowers, not everything is coming up roses for Michigan’s economy. Our economic garden, if you will,…
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…
For the first time since 1978, the Michigan Legislature decided to stop working before Thanksgiving and took the rest of the year off. The legislature’s…
Michigan is moving further away from being a top 10 state, as shown by the West Michigan Policy Forum’s “Michigan Economic Scorecard.” This continuously updated…
Governor Gretchen Whitmer’s “Growing Michigan Together Council” has become the “Growing Michigan Taxes Council.” According to a media report, it plans to recommend tax hikes…
Bolger: “The political ‘climate change’ our state Capitol is experiencing right now is directly responsible for raising people’s taxes, decimating our state’s population, and putting…
Michigan has a new powerhouse group advocating for workers, families, and job creators: The Great Lakes Growth Coalition. The coalition brings together a diversity of…
Families and job creators need simple, fair, and easy-to-understand rules and regulations. Yet the state Senate may soon open the door to a maze of…
Mandatory paid leave ultimately hurts everyone by making it more difficult for companies to make on-time deliveries of needed products and services. That’s the message…
Michigan has a bad track record of government-run programs. That’s worth remembering now that Governor Whitmer and the Michigan Legislature are trying to pass a…
September 18, 2023 TO: Michigan Population Commission Co-chairs John Rakolta and Shirley Stancato Individuals and families seek what is best in order to flourish. There are…
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…
“We all believe supporting working families is important, and our members provide paid leave benefits for their employees. But a government-mandated bureaucracy is not the…
Both the West Michigan Policy Forum and Gov. Gretchen Whitmer agree that fundamental reforms need to be made when it comes to our state’s educational…
Michigan’s education system is heading in the wrong direction. Thankfully, a new group is fighting for education that actually works for students and families: Talent…
When it comes to making Michigan a top-10 state and economy, we can’t overlook criminal justice reform. The simple fact is that 32,186 Michigan residents…
How can we make Michigan a top-10 state to live, work, and raise a family? This is the question that Gov. Whitmer’s new “Growing Michigan…
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…
Students across Michigan celebrated the official end of the 2022-23 school year recently, but it’s important to note that school doesn’t necessarily have to be…
Despite increased funding, Michigan’s K-12 public schools have been performing worse every year. That’s because it’s not a funding issue, it’s a public policy issue.…
Michigan lawmakers are gearing up for a new state budget that will likely continue to leave local municipal services at risk and set our children…
Michigan has a $9 billion surplus and a drumbeat of empty promises to “fix the damn roads,” yet people are kicking up their feet and…
Our elected leaders are getting ready to meet and clink beers at next week’s Mackinac Policy Conference, but they certainly don’t deserve “cheers” from Michigan…
After enacting a misguided plan to end worker freedom in Michigan earlier this year, Gov. Whitmer and the state Legislature have now set their sights…
Educators carry one of the heaviest lifts in our communities shaping our leaders of tomorrow - and unfortunately, Michigan is on the brink of making…
Advocacy groups urge Gov. Whitmer to veto repeal of A-F transparency law LANSING – (May 15, 2023) – The West Michigan Policy Forum and Great…
Michigan’s K-12 education system is sliding backward and moving in a direction that will hold our students back. Our children deserve data-based interventions that will…
Michigan employers continue to face a severe labor shortage, slowing down business growth. Unfortunately, these challenges are compounded by a declining state population and the…
Our state Legislature is taking troubling steps to make Michigan public schools less accountable and transparent to parents and taxpayers. The state House has approved…
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…
The West Michigan Policy Forum today thanked state business coalition members for taking a brave stand against repealing the state’s landmark right-to-work law.  WMPF Policy…
In Michigan right to work has been a cornerstone of a plan to make it a top 10 state for business. A repeal of the…
Although right-to-work continues to be strongly supported by a majority of Michigan residents, the state House recently approved bills to repeal our state’s RTW law. …
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 our state’s legislators work ahead on priorities for the year, Michigan’s new Speaker of the House Joe Tate sat down with leaders and investors…
The Great Lakes Education Project (GLEP) is preparing to tackle the heaviest challenges facing Michigan students this year through programs and policies that prioritize quality,…
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…
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…
10 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…
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…
Help us demand action on Senate Bills 362, 364, 422 & 432 to support workforce housing throughout Michigan! Click here to contact your senator and…
Timing is everything. Shortly after the West Michigan Policy Forum’s conference calling on state leaders to fix Michigan’s failing K-12 education system we received national…
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…
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…
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…
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…
Tax season in an election year creates an interesting dynamic, including various proposals for how to better collect and spend Michigan's taxpayer dollars. These discussions…
Michigan's governor is on the brink of making long-term financial decisions for our state's future in the midst of a nationally watched re-election campaign. The…
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…