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.