The executive branch should establish a report card that tracks
the performance of issuing state-required permits and licenses. Aggressive
goals that exceed statutory requirements should be established, tracked and
reported to the public on a regular basis.
Michigan can no longer afford to conduct business as usual. State
elected officials must make bold transformational changes to cumbersome state
regulatory programs that hinder job creation. Expecting better results while
continuing to do business the same way places the state's economic future at
risk. Amid brutal competition with other states, Michigan needs every strategic
advantage possible to attract new jobs. Fortunately, it is not too late to
revamp the current state regulatory system. The recommendations in this report
need to be adopted without delay.