As we look ahead to a bright new year, I would like to share a last look at some important 2016 legislative accomplishments. Please visit www.misenategop.com for information on these and other legislative efforts.
Michigan is the Comeback State!
Unemployment is 57 percent lower since most Senate Republicans began their service in January 2011. At 4.8 percent, Michigan’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average. More than 475,000 private sector jobs have been added to our economy in nearly six years.
Responsible budgeting has helped turn Michigan into a pro-jobs, pro-growth state. We have passed a balanced budget ahead of schedule for six years in a row and turned a $1.8 billion structural budget deficit into a $700 million surplus in the state’s rainy day fund!
In the last six years, Senate Republicans have put $1.7 billion more into public education. Forty-five cents of every state tax dollar goes to public education. We also took steps to better prepare our children for tomorrow by championing reforms to ensure that every third grade student is proficient at reading before advancing. Good readers make good leaders!
Honoring those who protect us
We owe so much to those who keep us safe. We secured more funding to assist homeless veterans and created a new Veterans Home Ombudsman to ensure our veterans receive the proper care they so richly deserve.
In addition, we prioritized budget funding to hire 65 new State Police Troopers and expand the Secure Cities program to fight crime and safeguard our communities.
Caring for our most vulnerable
We increased penalties for individuals who assault pregnant women as part of a sweeping domestic violence prevention package and ended the terrible practice of selling fetal remains for profit.
Moving Michigan into the future
Michigan put the world on wheels! We took the necessary steps to make Michigan the premiere site for the testing and development of autonomous vehicles to ensure we remain a leader in the mobility economy of the future.
Protecting our natural resources
Parents now have even more opportunities to share Pure Michigan with their children. We passed legislation to guarantee free access to state boat access sites and certain state parks during free fishing weekends. In addition, we expanded dark sky preserves for more late night star gazing in our great outdoors!