2018 State of the State address

I welcomed Jenee Velasquez and Becky Church to the Michigan Capitol for Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address, which laid out the governor’s plan for continuing Michigan’s economic recovery. Velasquez serves as executive director of the Herbert H. and Grace A. Dow Foundation, and Church is president and chief operating officer of Midland Tomorrow.

We have made great strides in creating a positive business environment that has helped create 540,000 private-sector jobs and put our state on firm financial footing. We replaced the job-killing Michigan Business Tax, cut hundreds of unnecessary regulations, reduced our debt and repeatedly increased education spending to record levels.

As a result, more Michigan residents are working and our economic productivity is up. It’s a positive record, but we can do even better. The governor outlined a blueprint to build on our success and continue Michigan’s positive momentum.

The governor’s final State of the State address focused on Michigan’s balanced budget and economic growth and how the state must commit to enhancing and expanding the state’s talent base to help attract new jobs and business investment.

For seven consecutive years, we have passed a fiscally responsible budget that pays down debt, protects our communities and helps prepare our students for success. Education is critical to our future. Today’s students are tomorrow’s economic innovators and job creators, and access to talent is vital in attracting new businesses to Michigan. As we work to continue helping businesses thrive and create jobs, the challenge ahead is to help connect our talented Michigan workers to available new jobs.

I support the governor’s emphasis on constant improvement in how the state meets the needs of its residents.

I look forward to working with the governor to ensure every Michigan student and worker is prepared for success, provide tax relief for hardworking families, and improve government efficiency and accountability. I also look forward to hearing from the people of the 36th Senate District about their priorities.