LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night, Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:
“I applaud the governor for laying out a blueprint that builds on our achievements of creating a stronger, re-energized Michigan.
“The governor’s plan emphasizes smarter government that is more cost effective and accountable. We must make it a priority to provide aid to children and families in need, but the current 145 state programs we currently operate in this area are just too much.
“We will need to streamline government so social service programs are achieving successful, measurable results for Michiganians rather than just creating new programs to try to solve these problems.
“I strongly support the governor’s idea of bringing more Michigan residents into the mainstream of a ‘River of Opportunity.’ I have long championed applied learning as a way to give everyone an opportunity for success and also to help us meet the skilled workforce needs of a growing economy. Thousands of jobs in Southwest Michigan remain unfilled because employers cannot find enough skilled workers.
“Schools will remain a top priority, with a continued emphasis on boosting academic proficiency, cutting down on absenteeism and promoting career and technical education to help us fill the ‘skills gap’ to keep our kids employed in Michigan’s growing agriculture and manufacturing industries.
“The governor also called for increased transparency at the local level of government, which is critical considering the looming problem with unfunded liabilities that is already affecting our schools and all levels of government. As vice-chair of the Senate Local Government Committee, I will work with our locals to enact innovative solutions to improve effectiveness and public transparency in how we provide critical local services.”
Editor’s Note – Audio and video comments by Proos will be available on the senator’s webpage at www.SenatorJohnProos.com. Click on “Audio” or “Video” under the Media Center tab.