The following principles should be adhered to in legislating and administering regulatory requirements in Michigan:

  • Environmental protection and economic development are not mutually exclusive, and both goals can be accomplished by utilizing sound conservation principles.
  • State government should perform only core regulatory functions — specifically, making final permit and enforcement decisions, rather than conducting routine administrative tasks that can be performed by the private sector.
  • All state regulatory procedures should ensure that law-abiding parties are treated fairly and promptly, rather than being subjected to arbitrary, belated or open-ended decisions by state regulators.
  • State regulatory requirements should be set by elected officials — not by state administrative personnel, who are not accountable to voters.