Proos to head Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Corrections and Judiciary

LANSING – Senator-elect John Proos, R-St. Joseph, will serve on the important Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will chair the Judiciary and Corrections subcommittees beginning Jan.1, 2011.

“It is an honor to be asked to lead these two critical subcommittees,” Proos said. “As we work to turn around Michigan’s economy and create jobs, we must make Michigan attractive to job providers. A key part of that are safe communities to live and work in.”

Proos also said the skyrocketing costs and repeated overspending of the Michigan Department of Corrections must be addressed.

“For Michigan to compete in the 21st Century economy, we cannot continue spending more on corrections than higher education,” said Proos. “I will work tirelessly to eliminate wasteful spending and make the department more efficient.”

Proos was also named vice chair of the Senate Energy & Technology Committee.

“Michigan needs jobs. To help create good, long-term jobs in our state, we must cut wasteful spending and reduce punitive regulations,” said Proos. “Opening Michigan up for energy investment can be a cornerstone to revitalizing our state’s economy – and especially the economy of Southwest Michigan.”

Proos currently serves on the House’s Energy and Technology Committee and Appropriations Committee, where he serves as minority vice-chair of the Corrections subcommittee.

He will take office on Jan.1, filling the seat being vacated by Sen. Ron Jelinek, R-Three Oaks.