LANSING?State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Thursday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2014 State of the State address:
“I share Governor Snyder’s positive outlook about our great state. We are on our way to a strong recovery, illustrated by the creation of more than 220,000 private sector jobs since 2011 and the outstanding growth in Michigan tourism and our overall economy.
“Everyone should be proud of the accomplishments we have achieved as a state in just three years. We have replaced a $1.5 billion deficit with nearly a billion-dollar surplus. We have taken the state’s rainy day fund from almost nothing to nearly $600 million and reduced the state’s long-term debts by $20 billion.
“To ensure that everyone can take part in a brighter Michigan, we must build upon these achievements. My priorities mirror those laid out by the governor: Support our schools and local communities; improve our infrastructure; and use part of our surplus to provide tax relief to Michigan families.
“Quality roads are safer for drivers and also help attract tourists and job providers to Michigan, which is why I strongly support putting additional resources into fixing our roads.
“Education remains a top priority. In fact, we are spending more than $13.3 billion on K-12 education this year – the largest amount in state history. I am confident we can increase our support so that more of the funds make it into the classroom.
“Supporting education is about more than money. We will continue to ensure our schools meet the needs of all our students, including more options for career and technical education that can help prepare students for success in available jobs.
“I am enthusiastic about our future, and I look forward to working with the governor to continue Michigan’s comeback by building on our successes and investing in our people.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Booher will be available on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on “Audio” under the Media Center tab.