Monthly Archives: January 2013

Expanded Program Helping Reduce Prison Costs While Protecting Public

Michigan spends too much on its prison system, especially when compared to neighboring states.

In ongoing effort to reduce our costs without jeopardizing public safety, I created the Swift and Sure Sanctions Program based on a Hawaiian program with a record of reducing crime and drug use by probationers and saving taxpayer dollars. Continue reading

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Some Lawmakers Wonder Why It’s Necessary for Michigan to be 1 of Only 4 State with True Full-Time Legislature

Eighty-one days.

That was the total number of days Michigan’s full-time Legislature worked in Lansing in 2012. From mid-June through the last week of November, when many members of the House of Representatives were campaigning for re-election, they put in a whopping 10 days of work in the state capital. Continue reading

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Make School Curriculum About Career Perparation

The goal of Michigan’s tough high school graduation requirements was to ensure all graduates were ready for college, enabling them to compete for jobs in the new global economy.

But education is not a one-size-fits-all business. Each child is different, and I have introduced reform to give students more choices and allow them to prepare for rewarding careers. Continue reading

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Sen. Proos Sponsors High School Tech Bill

State Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, has sponsored legislation to allow options for students to count additional career and technical education, or CTE, courses toward meeting the state’s high school graduation requirements. Continue reading

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Cautiously Optimistic About ‘Surplus’ Projection

The conference’s economic and tax revenue projections are used to draft budget proposals for Fiscal Year 2014, which begins Oct. 1. But it is important to remember that these are only projections.

There are many national and worldwide uncertainties that could impact our economy and state budget. Continue reading

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Proos Says Snyder Deserves Credit for Michigan’s Comeback

For the first half hour of Governor Snyder’s third State of the State address, he looked back on the progress the state has made over his time in office before launching into his 2013 goals. State Senator John Proos says Snyder can take a lot of credit for where the state is compared to what the Republican governor inherited. Continue reading

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Priorities for 2013

We accomplished much in the past two years to re-energize Michigan, but more remains to be done.

My priorities for 2013 remain helping to create more Southwest Michigan jobs, increasing the public accountability in state government and improving education. Continue reading

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