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.”
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:
The picture is available on the senator’s photowire at: