Gov. Rick Snyder recently outlined his goals for 2012 in his annual State of the State address.
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 enacting that plan, but more work needs to be done.
Although the unemployment rate in Michigan 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 continue working on ways to encourage businesses that are already here to expand and hire and to attract new job providers to invest in our state, especially in Southwest Michigan.
Making our state 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 help bring 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.