Brandenburg named ‘Legislator of the Year’

LANSING? State Sen. Jack Brandenburg on Tuesday received the Michigan Manufacturers Association “Legislator of the Year” award.

“I accept this award with sincere gratitude toward Michigan’s manufacturing industry, the true backbone of our state’s economy,” said Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township. “Michigan is home to some of the hardest working people in the world, and I am proud of the rebound the industry has experienced in recent years.”

Brandenburg, chair of Senate Finance Committee, put jobs at the top of his list and is now being honored for his accomplishments and hard work on this issue that plagued Michigan for far too long.

“Michigan is in the midst of a comeback. Unemployment is down from a 15 percent high to 8percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008 and it continues to fall,” said Brandenburg-Harrison Township. The Wall Street Journal reported that Michigan’s comeback is stronger than any other state in the nation and the state ranked fourth in the nation for corporate expansions in 2012.

“Jobs and getting people back to work remain my top priority. However, there is still much work to be done. This award has only made me want to work harder for the people of Michigan.”

“Senator Jack Brandenburg achieved what many thought was an impossible task, moving personal property tax legislation from Committee to the Senate in just three weeks,” said MMA President & CEO Chuck Hadden. “Senator Brandenburg is a great champion for the state of Michigan and each and every manufacturer who resides here. We are tremendously thankful for his great leadership and proud to award him the 2012 MMA Manufacturing Legislator of the Year.”