Announcing my Bid for Re-Election to the State Senate in Michigan’s Great Southwest

Proos_Dowagiac DailyEarlier today I announced my candidacy for the 21st Michigan State Senate seat in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.
Michigan is turning around, but I believe there is more work to be done to put Michigan back on solid footing.  I will continue to focus my efforts on creating an environment that fosters jobs for our families, welcoming new businesses and investing in a world class education system to prepare our children to fill the economic opportunities right here in Southwest Michigan.

The 21st State Senate district will change after the 2014 election from the counties of Van Buren, Cass and Berrien to Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.

I would like to earn the support and vote of individuals and families in Southwest Michigan as I continue to fight for the common-sense values we hold dear.  Vital to the success of Southwest Michigan and our families are the expansion of infrastructure through broadband networks, ensuring the safety of our communities through proper funding of police and fire services and protecting our precious natural resources.
I ask for your support in Michigan’s primary election on August 5th, 2014 and in the general election, November 4, 2014.
Some of the first term initiatives that I have been proud to work on include:

•    Working to eliminate the fraud waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, finding efficiencies totaling about 120 million dollars.
•    Improving access to career and technical education for our students through legislation to facilitate flow of information between students, families, schools, the Department of Education, community organizations and businesses.
•    Instituting new point-of-sale computer system designed to stop meth dealers from buying large amounts of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine at pharmacies.
•    Initiating the first proposal to fund our roads since John Engler was Governor.  My legislation dedicated $100 million of unallocated sales tax money, already paid at the gas pump toward Michigan’s infrastructure.
•    Sponsoring legislation to rehabilitate criminals before they are huge expense to society through the swift and sure program available to county courts.
•    Facilitated a new program to connect hunters with farmers looking to protect their land from crop damage.
•    Pushing to give Michigan businesses priority in applying for state contracts whenever possible.
•    Supports the eradication of invasive species from our precious natural resources.

During my tenure in the state legislature I have served over 9,000 individuals, families and businesses in Southwest Michigan who have asked for assistance.  I consider the ability to help so many cut through government red tape as one of my greatest accomplishments.

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John Proos Announces Bid for the State Senate in Michigan’s Great Southwest

Proos_Dowagiac DailyState Senator John Proos (R-St. Joseph) today announced his candidacy for the 21st Michigan State Senate seat in Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph counties.
“Michigan is turning around, but I believe there is more work to be done to put Michigan back on solid footing” said John Proos R-St. Joseph.  “I will continue to focus my efforts on creating an environment that fosters jobs for our families, welcoming new businesses and investing in a world class education system to prepare our children to fill the economic opportunities right here in Southwest Michigan.”
The 21st State Senate district will change after the 2014 election from the counties of Van Buren, Cass and Berrien to Berrien, Cass and St. Joseph.
“I would like to earn the support and vote of individuals and families in Southwest Michigan as I continue to fight for the common-sense values we hold dear,” said Proos.  “Vital to the success of Southwest Michigan and our families are the expansion of infrastructure through broadband networks, ensuring the safety of our communities through proper funding of police and fire services and protecting our precious natural resources.”
Proos asks for residents’ votes in Michigan’s primary election on August 5th, 2014 and in the general election, November 4, 2014.
Proos’ first term initiatives:

•    Working to eliminate the fraud waste and abuse of taxpayer dollars, Proos has found efficiencies totaling about 120 million dollars.
•    Improving access to career and technical education for our students through legislation to facilitate flow of information between students, families, schools, the Department of Education, community organizations and businesses.
•    Instituting new point-of-sale computer system designed to stop meth dealers from buying large amounts of ephedrine/pseudoephedrine at pharmacies.
•    Initiating the first proposal to fund our roads since John Engler was Governor.  Proos’ legislation dedicated $100 million of unallocated sales tax money, already paid at the gas pump toward Michigan’s infrastructure.
•    Sponsoring legislation to rehabilitate criminals before they are huge expense to society through the swift and sure program available to county courts.
•    Facilitated a new program to connect hunters with farmers looking to protect their land from crop damage.
•    Pushing to give Michigan businesses priority in applying for state contracts whenever possible.
•    Supports the eradication of invasive species from our precious natural resources.
During Proos’ tenure in the state legislature he has served over 9,000 individuals, families and businesses in Southwest Michigan who have asked for assistance from his office.  He has noted the ability to help so many cut through government red tape as one of his greatest accomplishments.

Proos Encourages Passage of Bill That Would Ensure American Founding Documents are Taught in Grade School

Proos_Teaching Mischlers ClassWKZO – Radio

State Senator John Proos is supporting a measure that would allow teachers in all Michigan K through 12 schools to use unedited versions of America’s founding documents for grade-level instruction. Under the plan, teachers would be encouraged to do more to teach students about documents like the Constitution and Declaration of Independence.

Proos says that an Intermediate School District or a public charter school would have to allow grade-level instruction on those documents and the philosophy they entail. Also, references to God couldn’t be removed from them.

Proos also supports a Senate bill that would designate September eleventh through the 17th as “Patriot Week,” and encourage Michigan K through 12 schools to participate in the week with instruction that promotes an understanding of American history.

Proos: $440 Million Surplus “Great News”

WSJM – Radio

Jason Scott Reporting

Fiscal experts report revenues are exceeding projections, putting the state of Michigan in the black by $440-million. State Senator John Proos says this is great news, but also asks “where should the state spend it?”

Proos says the better than expected revenue number means efforts to revitalize Michigan are working, and the state remains fiscally responsible with taxpayer dollars.

Make School Curriculum About Career Perparation

Proos_Average JoesThe 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.

Senate Bill 66 would allow students to count additional career and technical education courses toward meeting the state’s high school graduation requirements.

I support a rigorous education that prepares children for success in college and beyond, but college may not be for everyone. My reform is about ensuring our schools are about getting students ready for a career, not just ready for college.

We have achieved much to bring more jobs to our state, but many manufacturers are finding it difficult to find young workers with the required technical skills.

In his recent State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder called for increased skilled trades training to help meet these workforce needs.

I agree with the governor that we must train students for all careers. We need to prepare the next generation of teachers, doctors and engineers.

However, we also need to train workers for careers in technical and manufacturing positions – jobs that already exist and are available in Southwest Michigan.

Flexibility in Michigan’s high school curriculum will give all our students a chance to succeed by letting them sit down with their parents and teachers and choose the educational path that best uses their talents, meets their goals and prepares them for a valuable and fulfilling career.

Sen. Proos Sponsors High School Tech Bill

Proos_Average JoesThe Herald Palladium

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.

Senate Bill 66 would revise the state’s high school graduation requirements to allow seven credits to be filled either through the current route or through CTE courses, which would include work-based learning by a student such as an internship or apprenticeship.

In a news release, Proos noted he introduced his bill as Gov. Rick Snyder in his State of the State address called for increased skilled trades training to help meet the work force needs of manufacturers.

“I support a rigorous education that prepares our children for success in college and beyond, but we must also acknowledge that college may not be for everyone,” Proos said. “This is about ensuring our schools are about getting students ready for a career, not just ready for college.

“Education is not a one-size-fits-all business. Each child is different, and I am introducing this reform to give our students more choices and flexibility and allow them to prepare for the jobs that exist in our state.”

SB 66 was turned in on Wednesday and will be formally introduced in the Michigan Senate and referred to a committee this Wednesday, the next session day.

Priorities for 2013

Listen and LearnWe 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.

I remain focused on limiting the scope of government in our lives.

That means cutting unnecessary red-tape and costs; enhancing government efficiency; and eliminating fraud, waste and abuse of your tax dollars.

As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, I continue to look for innovative ways to save money in state government. Two reforms I will be sponsoring in 2013 are measures to adopt a two-year budget and create a part-time Legislature. Lawmakers must plan ahead when budgeting, instead of using one-time gimmicks, and they should enter elected office as a public service – not for a paycheck.

Education is key to our future, so I am putting forth reform to help ensure every student has a good teacher by allowing military spouses who are certified teachers in other states and have been re-located to Michigan to teach here as long as they pursue Michigan certification.

I will also continue to push to allow students to study “career and technical education” as jobs in the trades are valuable and necessary in our communities.

I believe it’s important to listen to the people about the challenges we face and what we can do to meet them. That is why I encourage area residents to contact my office to express their opinion or request assistance with a state issue.

Residents may contact my office at senjproos@senate.michigan.gov or by calling 1-517-373-6960. Letters may be sent to: Senator John Proos; P.O. Box 30036; Lansing, MI 48909.