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.
- 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.
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...
- 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...
- Agricultural Migrant/Seasonal Workers
LWVMI supports legislation and publicly fund programs and services that address the ongoing challenges faced by agricultural employers to recruit and retain viable, skilled migrant/seasonal farm workers. It is quality of life issues for workers and their families that draw workers in a competitive labor market. Quality of life is enhanced by safe, healthy, affordable housing; education; health care; fair treatment by law enforcement and other services provided by state and local government offices and agencies. 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...