Stamas: We must continue the state’s positive momentum, build on successes

Sen. Jim Stamas

Sen. Jim Stamas

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Stamas on Tuesday attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address, which laid out the governor’s plan for continuing Michigan’s economic recovery.

“We have made great strides in creating a positive business environment that has helped create more than 530,000 private-sector jobs and put our state on firm financial footing,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “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,” Stamas said. “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.”

Stamas said that he supports 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,” Stamas said. “I also look forward to hearing from the people of the 36th Senate District about their priorities.”