The Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce is hosting the West Michigan Policy Forum in Grand Rapids on Sept. 16 and 17. Among the speakers will be Mackinac Center President Joe Lehman and David Littmann, senior economist at the Mackinac Center.

Lehman will join a panel on "Michigan's Budget & Spending Priorities," and Littmann will address "Michigan's Infrastructure and International Trade Corridor."

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According to Crain's Detroit Business, Grand Rapids chamber Senior Vice President Jared Rodriguez said of the forum's goals:

"We'd like to benchmark Michigan against states that are similar to us, and see where we can adjust, so that we can conform policies. Michigan doesn't need to be unique. We need to be on a level playing field with our policies, so that we can compete."

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