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Positions of the League of Women Voters of michigan

Through a process of study and consensus, members of the League of Women Voters of Michigan take positions on public policy issues. While the League never supports or opposes candidates for office or political parties, we do lobby our elected officials to advance these positions. Below is only a summary of the League's state positions.  For information about national positions, see the League of Women Voters of the United States.

GOVERNMENT
  • Redistricting For the State Legislature and US House of Representatives

    LWVMI supports the formation of an independent redistricting commission in lieu of the legislature as the primary redistricting body.  Such a commission should afford equal representation to the major parties and provide for independent and diverse representation.  This commission should be established through legislation and/or a constitutional amendment. Read more...


  • Election Laws
    LWVMI supports uniform ease and accessibility of voting with assurances of accuracy, security and voter privacy; fair and uniform party regulation; open primaries and a regional presidential primary; local officials having primary authority for elections, the principles of initiative, referendum and recall; nonpartisan merit appointment and the subsequent retention election of appellate judges; nonpartisan election of judges for local courts; public funding for judicial election campaigns.  Read More...

  • Intergovernmental Relations Within Michigan 
    LWVMI supports measures to allow flexibility in solving regional problems and to encourage orderly growth and efficient government.  Such measures should include cooperation, coordination and long-range planning. Read more...

  • Taxation and Budgeting  
    LWVMI supports a state-local tax structure that is adequate, equitable, flexible and moderately progressive. Read more ...
NATURAL RESOURCES
  • Great Lakes Ecosystem  
    LWVMI supports preserving and enhancing the environmental integrity of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River ecosystem.  A priority is the attainment and maintenance of high water quality standards throughout the Basin with emphasis on conservation and pollution prevention. Decision-making should include public education and input, and inter-governmental participation and planning.  Read More....

  • Land Use
    LWVMI, recognizing that land is a finite resource, not just a commodity, believes that land ownership (whether public or private) implies responsibilities of stewardship. 
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  • Pesticides
    LWVMI supports reduction of exposure to pesticides, the use of non-toxic alternatives, regulation of the use of pesticides by all levels of government, and public notice of pesticide use.  Read More...

  • Solid Waste Management
    LWVMI supports measures to solve the problem of solid waste disposal including state cooperation with local and federal bodies, primary responsibility by local government, and mandatory reuse and recycling technology.  Read More...

  • Concentrated Animal Feeding Operations
    LWVMI supports adequate regulation and inspection of facilities and the public's right to know of environmental risks.  Read More...
SOCIAL POLICY
  • Children and Youth
    LWVMI supports a system of comprehensive and coordinated services for all children and families to provide basic resources for an adequate quality of life; policies and programs staffed with well-trained and sufficient personnel to provide preventive, protective and rehabilitative services for all children and families; individualized justice for children within the framework of due process of law with adequate and coordinated court services.  Read More...

  • Public Education (Pre-K-12) in Michigan
    LWVMI supports the development of a publicly financed public education system in which  there is equal opportunity for an excellent education available to all children in  Michigan and an educational structure that provides transparency and accountability at all levels and in all venues.  Read More....
  • Health Care
    LWVMI supports a basic level of quality health care at an affordable cost available to all U.S. residents; equitable distribution of services; efficient and economical delivery of care; a reasonable total national expenditure level for health care. Read More...

  • Social Services System
    LWVMI supports a system of services which: 1) provide sufficient income assistance to assure decent, adequate standards for food, clothing and shelter for people unable to work, or for whom jobs are not available, or whose earnings are inadequate; 2) establish adequate financial incentives and opportunities for realistic job training and counseling. Read More...

  • Structure and Funding of Michigan's Public Libraries
    LWVMI supports basic and stable funding for public libraries to insure basic services to all state residents. Sources include penal fines, state aid, and local taxes. Organization of public libraries should be uniform with self-governing library boards with financial autonomy, the establishment of minimum standards, and cooperation with other libraries. Read More...
  • Prisons in Michigan
    LWVMI supports a cost-effective prison system that reduces recidivism, utilizes alternatives to incarceration, reduces emphasis on prison construction, and provides supportive/rehabilitative programs. Read More...