Photo Advisory: Sen. Booher welcomes Bay to state Capitol

LANSING— Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, welcomes Carolyn Bay of Clare County to the Michigan Capitol. Bay was a guest of Booher for Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address.

A print-quality photograph of Booher welcoming Bay is available by clicking on the image or by visiting the senator’s photowire at:

http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35

Booher reacts to the 2011 State of the State address

LANSING―State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Wednesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his first State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder’s speech accurately reflects the very serious, yet hopeful state of our state. Last week we heard projections of Michigan’s vast $1.8 billion budget deficit. I agree with the governor that state government and its leaders must seek new ways to resolve these very old problems.

“Each program and each dollar must be held accountable so that taxpayers get the greatest ‘value for the money.’ We should have already been doing this. In these economic times, government needs to be efficient yet effective.

“I was also glad to hear Governor Snyder reaffirm his commitment to bringing jobs back to Michigan. He shares the same positive outlook that I have, and many of you do, that we are on our way to recovery. As legislators, doing what we can to help the business community and improve the economic climate is job number one.

“Governor Snyder talked to our businesses when he said out with the MBT (Michigan Business Tax) surcharge. He spoke to our schools when he called for a completed budget by May 31, and he talked to local governments with his plan for consolidation and reform.

“Our state’s job outlook is positive, and I am hopeful that soon folks who are looking for work can get a job. Now that the governor has outlined his agenda for the legislative year, I am eager to get to work.”

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Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Booher to the State of the State address and a photograph of the senator escorting Secretary of State Ruth Johnson and Attorney General Bill Schuette into the House chamber for the address are available.

The audio comments are available on the senator’s podcast page at:
http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/podcasts.asp?District=35

The picture is available on the senator’s photowire at:
http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35
 

Media Advisory: Sen. Booher is available for comments following the 2011 State of the State address

Who: State Sen. Darwin Booher, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: The address is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: House of Representatives
State Capitol Building
Lansing, MI

Briefing: Booher, R-Evart, will be available following the State of the State address for comments on issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Booher’s office at (517) 373-1725 or toll-free at 1-866-305-2135 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator. 

Media Advisory: Sen. Booher is available for comments following the 2011 State of the State address

Who: State Sen. Darwin Booher, chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee.

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: The address is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: House of Representatives
State Capitol Building
Lansing, MI

Briefing: Booher, R-Evart, will be available following the State of the State address for comments on issues mentioned by the governor in the address.

Please call Booher’s office at (517) 373-1725 or toll-free at 1-866-305-2135 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator. 

Booher: Economic figures give hope of recovery

LANSING –- Projections for Michigan’s economy over the next two years show promise although the impact on the state budget remains significant. State fiscal analysts agreed at the annual January Revenue Estimating Conference that Michigan still faces an expected budget deficit for 2012 of $1.8 billion.

In response to both the economic and budget projections, Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement:

“I am hopeful we are on our way to a recovery and that we will be able to achieve these projections. Today’s forecast is positive, showing that personal income and state revenues will be up next year and unemployment will decrease. The best news might be that – for the first time in years – the state’s job outlook is positive.

“If this happens, Michigan’s economy will have turned the corner. To make sure we accomplish this goal, we must keep our belts tight, stay conservative and ensure each tax dollar is spent wisely.

“I remain mindful that many factors can change – from increasing gas prices and interest rates to enacting bad government policies. Each one could seriously impact today’s projections.

“Today is a day of hope and challenges. Hope for the economy and challenges to balancing the state budget. This is just the first step to knowing our new governor. In the coming days he will outline his plans for Michigan at the state of the state address and then present a budget blueprint. We have a long way to go and much to do, but I am confident Michigan’s future is bright.”
 

 

Booher: Economic figures give hope of recovery

LANSING –- Projections for Michigan’s economy over the next two years show promise although the impact on the state budget remains significant. State fiscal analysts agreed at the annual January Revenue Estimating Conference that Michigan still faces an expected budget deficit for 2012 of $1.8 billion.

In response to both the economic and budget projections, Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement:

“I am hopeful we are on our way to a recovery and that we will be able to achieve these projections. Today’s forecast is positive, showing that personal income and state revenues will be up next year and unemployment will decrease. The best news might be that – for the first time in years – the state’s job outlook is positive.

“If this happens, Michigan’s economy will have turned the corner. To make sure we accomplish this goal, we must keep our belts tight, stay conservative and ensure each tax dollar is spent wisely.

“I remain mindful that many factors can change – from increasing gas prices and interest rates to enacting bad government policies. Each one could seriously impact today’s projections.

“Today is a day of hope and challenges. Hope for the economy and challenges to balancing the state budget. This is just the first step to knowing our new governor. In the coming days he will outline his plans for Michigan at the state of the state address and then present a budget blueprint. We have a long way to go and much to do, but I am confident Michigan’s future is bright.”
 

 

Booher sworn in as 35th District state senator

LANSING—State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, participated in Wednesday’s swearing-in at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

Booher was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Jan, their four children, six grandchildren and other family members.

A photograph of Booher being sworn in is available by visiting the senator’s photowire at: http://www.MISenateGOP.com/senators/photowire.asp?District=35 

Boohers Senate office is open and ready for business

LANSING – Senator Darwin Booher announced today that his Lansing office is open and eager to help meet the needs of constituents in the 35th Senate District.

“Anyone who needs assistance with a state issue or wants to share their legislative viewpoint can contact our office,” said Booher, R-Evart. “We are prepared to listen and help in any way we can. Our office is focused on continuing to provide the best service possible for the hard-working people of the 35th District.”

An e-mail address and toll-free number have been established to add convenience for district residents. The e-mail address is SenDBooher@senate.michigan.gov and the toll-free number is 866-305-2135.

District residents may also contact Booher by calling the senator’s office at (517) 373-1725 or U.S. mail at Senator Darwin L. Booher, P. O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909.

Booher’s office is located in Room 520 of the Farnum Building at 125 West Allegan St. in Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol.

“Residents who are visiting at the Capitol or are here to testify before a committee are always welcome,” said Booher.

The lawmaker is also scheduling office hours in the district where residents can meet directly with him.

The 35th District includes Benzie, Clare, Kalkaska, Lake, Leelanau, Manistee, Mecosta, Missaukee, Osceola, Roscommon, and Wexford counties. 

Booher to chair Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee

LANSING –- Senator Darwin Booher, R-Evart, will chair the Senate Banking & Financial Institutions Committee for the 96th Legislature.

“Access to credit is critical for small businesses that create more than 70 percent of Michigan jobs. It is an honor to lead such an important committee,” Booher said. “I am pleased to also serve in a leadership role as assistant majority caucus whip. I will use my more than 40 years of experience as a banker in the private sector to help revitalize our economy by enabling entrepreneurs and families to achieve the dream of building a business and owning a house.”

Booher will serve as vice chair of the Senate Agriculture Committee and as a member of the important Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will chair the Community Colleges and Capital Outlay subcommittees.

“Michigan must remain a friend of agriculture. As vice chair, I will work with our second largest industry to help them continue to thrive and create jobs,” said Booher. “I look forward to working with a new governor on reinventing Michigan. It is an honor to be part of a new leadership team that will reenergize our economy by cutting wasteful spending and eliminating unnecessary regulations.”

Booher will also serve on the Senate Fiscal Agency board of governors and the Appropriations subcommittees for the departments of Community Health, Natural Resources and Environmental Quality.