In my first three months as your state senator, my focus has been creating long-term jobs by improving our state’s business climate.
The old strategy of job creation through government programs has failed. Michigan needs a better plan.
I am working to encourage small businesses and entrepreneurs to create jobs by getting government out of their way. More freedom and fewer burdens mean increased opportunities and more jobs.
Recognizing the impact regulations can have our economy, I voted for a new law preventing unelected bureaucrats from imposing unnecessary burdens on jobs providers.
I also support a Senate Republican initiative to help put people back to work by cutting red tape throughout all state departments. One reform would require state agencies to look at the potential impact of a rule on small businesses, which create more than 70 percent of Michigan jobs.
It’s time to make Michigan open for business. That is why I was the first co-sponsor of Senate Bill 1 to repeal the Michigan Business Tax. Since the tax was adopted, it has been a barrier to job creation. I am working on reforming our tax code to make our state business-friendly, so we can retain our current job providers and attract new ones to the state.
I will continue my efforts to help reinvent Michigan and put our state on the road to economic revitalization.
That is the only way to ensure we have the good, long-term jobs that will revitalize our state’s economy and allow enable future generations to live, work and thrive in southwest Michigan.