LANSING?State Sen. Darwin Booher, R-Evart, issued the following statement Wednesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2013 State of the State address:
“Governor Snyder reaffirmed his infectious positive outlook about our great state. I share his belief that Michigan is making a comeback and that we are on our way to a strong recovery.
“I see this positivity every day in Northern Michigan, where people see that things are getting better and are encouraged that they can be a part of a re-energized Michigan.
“To ensure that everyone can take part in a brighter Michigan, we must build upon our accomplishments of improving the economic climate, balancing budgets, supporting the agriculture industry and reducing long-term debts.
“Michigan’s GDP is the 6th fastest growing in the nation, and the state saw an increase of $500 million in tourism since 2011. We’ve reduced unemployment and added jobs, but more work remains to be done. One such task is emphasizing career and technical education and training to match workers with available jobs.
“As a former banker and chair of the Senate Banking and Financial Institutions Committee, I am intrigued with the governor’s call for creating a new Department of Insurance and Financial Services. I am hopeful that this new department will benefit both Michigan consumers and the industry with more streamlined oversight and positive advocacy for a sector that is growing and creating good Michigan jobs.
“I am enthusiastic about Michigan’s future and believe that we are on the path to prosperity, but we are not out of the woods yet. While national and international factors could still impact our recovery, I believe that our successes will make Michigan strong for years to come.”
Editor’s Note – Audio comments by Sen. Booher will be available on the senator’s website at: www.SenatorDarwinBooher.com. Click on Podcasts.