LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2013 State of the State address Wednesday night, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:
“I applaud the governor for laying out a positive plan for building on the accomplishments of the last two years and solving the challenges that Michigan still faces.
“Through bold leadership and thoughtful reforms, we have put Michigan on the path to economic prosperity and financial stability. Michigan is on the right road – adding jobs for two years in a row – but more remains to be done.
“I have long been a strong supporter of career and technical education programs as an alternative to the traditional college path, and I applaud the governor for encouraging schools to educate students for the jobs that exist within our state. Jobs in these trades are valuable, important to our communities and can prepare our students for successful careers. For these reasons I am introducing legislation that will help these programs flourish in our schools.
“Our state must continue work to support our veterans by making benefits and training more accessible to them so that they can successfully re-enter civilian life, receive a great education and support their families.
“I believe that we must continue to pay down our debt and reduce liabilities. To date, we have put $500 million into Michigan’s rainy day fund and paid down our long-term liabilities by $21 billion. This long-term debt reduction will decrease the burden on the next generation of Michiganders.
“I look forward to working with the governor to address these issues as part of a continued effort to create a climate for job growth and give our children a stronger, more vibrant Michigan.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos will be available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Podcasts.”