Brandenburg: State economic outlook improving

LANSING — Following the news that the Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States has ranked Michigan’s economic health second-best in the nation, Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, offered the following comments:

“This is tremendous news for Michigan. Ever since my legislative colleagues and I began serving in the state Senate 10 months ago, we have been working tirelessly to help put Michigan back on the right track. It’s rewarding to see that hard work pay off.

“While it is great to have our economic improvement acknowledged by the Bloomberg index, we must not lose sight of the vital work ahead of us. We must continue our commitment to Michigan’s job providers. Jobs are our number one priority.”

The Bloomberg Economic Evaluation of States considered indicators such as personal income, tax revenue, employment and housing prices in its analysis, placing Michigan second only to North Dakota, a state in the midst of an oil boom.

The Bloomberg study follows the Fitch Ratings agency upgrade to Michigan’s bond rating outlook last summer.