Proos: Governor correct to continue focus on economy, making government more efficient

LANSING – After listening to the governor’s 2012 State of the State address Wednesday night, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement:

“I applaud the governor for keeping his focus on fixing Michigan’s economy, creating jobs and making government more efficient and effective.  Last year the governor came out of the gate with a bold, innovative blueprint to transform our state. We are already starting to see the positive results of that plan, but more work needs to be done.

“Although Michigan unemployment has fallen to 9.3 percent, the lowest in more than 3 years, we must continue our efforts to get people back on the job. I am eager to work on ways to encourage Michigan businesses already here to expand and hire.

“Making Michigan a more competitive environment for jobs and improving government efficiency by cutting unnecessary red tape are vital steps to spur business investment and job creation.

“I am enthusiastic that the governor is moving to a ‘customer-focused’ approach to state departments. I called for this reform two years ago as chair of a House task force on job creation.  It is a way to attract job creators to Michigan while also improving overall effectiveness of state government, and I thank the governor for embracing the idea.

“I look forward to working with the governor to continue the efforts to revitalize our economy, create jobs and set Michigan on the fiscally sound path to long-term growth.”

Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Proos will be available on the senator’s webpage at Click on “Podcasts.”