Monthly Archives: December 2012

Proactive Steps in 2012 About Creating Jobs Protecting Children

As we look forward to 2013, it is a time to reflect upon 2012. Just as with our families, when we look at our state we celebrate the milestones and ponder where to improve.

The proactive solutions we achieved in 2012 are helping to revitalize our economy and attract job creators to Michigan. We removed the barriers to competition that were hurting Southwest Michigan small businesses and again passed a state budget that provided essential services while living within our means. Continue reading

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Merry Chirstmas to All!

I would like to wish each of you a Merry Christmas. I hope you all are able to spend the holidays with family and friends as you look forward to a new year full of possibilities. I am truly blessed to be able to gather with my family, whose love and support gives me the strength to make the tough decisions to build a better Michigan.

Looking back at 2012, I am proud of what we accomplished to continue Michigan’s positive momentum toward recovery and prosperity. Continue reading

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Freedom-to-Choose Will Protect Worker Rights, Attract New Jobs

Michigan took a large step toward ensuring workplace fairness and attracting job creators to our state by approving legislation to make Michigan a freedom-to-choose state.

I have long supported workplace fairness and am proud to help bring it to Michigan. It means a brighter state future with more jobs, robust economic growth and workers who can decide for themselves what to do with their hard-earned dollars. Continue reading

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Michigan Right-to-Work Laws Spark Heated Debate on Role of Labor Unions

State lawmakers will hold a vote Tuesday to approve a pair of bills that would make Michigan the 24th right-to-work state in the country, a move Republican supporters of the change say would boost the economy. At the core of the issue is whether labor unions can automatically collect dues from members through their paychecks.

The scene — with its boisterous protests in the Capitol building in Lansing and a Republican governor at the helm — resembles the fight over labor rights that played out last year in Wisconsin. Continue reading

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Program to Give 18,000 Christmas Trees to Military Families

It is the mission of Trees for Troops to give every family of America’s service men and women a wonderful Christmas morning that begins with gathering around an American- growth Christmas tree. Continue reading

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