Robertson: fall agenda focuses on job creation, reform

LANSING, Mich.—Senate Republicans introduced their fall legislative priorities during a press conference at the Capitol Wednesday, highlighting the four goals of spurring job creation, strengthening education, protecting the rights of citizens and continuing government reform.

“Creating jobs and improving the economy remains our top priority and I am committed to supporting a legislative agenda that will help grow jobs and families in Michigan,” said state Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township. “An equally important aspect of this is making sure our children and young adults get the best possible education. We will work to give parents more education options to ensure student achievement. A highly educated workforce is essential to the future success of our state.”

Robertson said the agenda includes reforms to the state’s personal property tax, which discourages business investment and expansion, as well as legislation to streamline the regulatory process to cut through bureaucratic red tape, and rebuilding our roads and bridges in order to improve access to all areas in Michigan.

The Senate also plans to make government more accountable, clarify the current medical marijuana law, pass legislation to protect seniors, reform insurance, and end lifetime benefits for legislators.

Action has already been taken on a package of bills to protect homeowners by increasing penalties for those who prey upon those in vulnerable financial situations. The Senate today also passed Senate Bills 160 and 161 to ban partial birth abortions and establish the procedure as a felony in state law.

“This is a forward thinking, fiscally responsible agenda with the long-term health of Michigan and its people in mind,” said Robertson.

For a photo from the press conference, and for more information about this agenda and other issues Robertson is working on this session, please visit his website at