Proos: Governor lays out positive plan for a better Michigan

LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2014 State of the State address Thursday night, state Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, issued the following statement: 

“I am proud of the governor for putting forward a positive plan of action that builds on a foundation of economic success and recognizes that – even with all our accomplishments – we still have work to do to resolve all our challenges.

“During the past three years, we’ve achieved much in building a stronger, more vibrant Michigan. Our leadership and thoughtful reforms put Michigan on the path to economic prosperity and financial stability. As a result, Michigan has added jobs every year and gone from billion-dollar deficits to a $970 million surplus.

“Our task now is to remain cautious and responsible and ensure we wisely use our resources in a manner that meets our most pressing needs and invests in our hard-working families. I support the governor’s ideas of increasing our investments in fixing our roads, teaching our children, keeping our communities safe and giving needed tax relief to all Michigan residents.

“I also commend the governor for placing an emphasis on protecting Michigan’s unique and delicate natural resources. Invasive species continue to threaten our environment and we must continue to fight to contain them or keep them out.

“I have long championed applied learning in schools as a way to prepare students for college while giving them the hands-on training needed for well-paying jobs already available throughout Michigan. I applaud the governor for adding his voice to the call for schools to work together with local businesses and colleges to prepare students for successful careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). I look forward to enacting my legislation, Senate Bill 66, to help encourage this effort.”

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