Proos lays out priorities for 2014Published 6:30pm Thursday, January 9, 2014
We accomplished much over the last three years to re-energize Michigan and we can make 2014 a year of even greater prosperity and opportunity.
My priorities for 2014 are to continue improving education, helping create more Michigan jobs and increasing government efficiency.
Education is key to every child’s future.
I continue pushing for more career and technical education in schools so students have access to applied learning that can help them get the skills needed for high-wage jobs available in Michigan.
I will fight to continue historically high funding for schools. I’m proud that in 2013 we increased support to education by $490 million. In fact, Michigan is spending more this current fiscal year on K-12 education than ever in state history.
I remain focused on limiting the scope of government in our lives by cutting unnecessary red-tape and costs, and finding innovative ways to save your tax dollars.
One way I am trying to save money is working to create a part-time Legislature. Beyond the savings, it’s about principle. It will ensure elected office is about serving the people and not about getting a paycheck.
I continue working to bring more jobs to Michigan and foster growth of businesses already here. In this effort, I’ll keep pushing for the Keystone XL pipeline and similar projects to supply new jobs and oil stability to Michigan and the nation. I will also fight for Senate Bill 6, my bill to help fund needed road and bridge repairs without raising gas taxes.
Michigan is a great state with a bright future.
We’ve come a long way, yet we still have challenges to overcome. In this New Year, I renew my commitment to the people of Southwest Michigan to help build a better, stronger Michigan.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, represents the 21st District, which includes Berrien and Cass counties and most of Van Buren County.