State Sen. Dave Robertson comments on State of the State address
LANSING—State Sen. Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc Township, offered the following statement Thursday on Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address:
“Governor Snyder touched on a number of issues, but the overall tone of the speech was clear–progress has been made but there is much more work to be done.
“Just over two years ago, Governor Snyder delivered his first State of the State address. In that speech, the governor charted a bold course to reinvent Michigan. That same message resonated again tonight.
“When the Senate took office in January of 2011, the state was facing a $1.5 billion budget deficit. Now, in January of 2013, the state budget is balanced and there is more than $500 million in the state’s rainy day fund. That’s a $2 billion turnaround in just under two years.
“The foundation for our economic success was laid in 2011 with substantial reforms putting the building blocks in place to create a diversified and healthy state economy. We are not there yet but we are moving forward. Michigan was knocked down but we are building our way back to recover the jobs lost over the last decade.
“In just two short years the Legislature has reduced unfunded liabilities by $21 billion, created one of the fairest tax structures in the nation and eliminated one rule for every ten that were created. In total, more than 1,000 outdated and cumbersome rules were rescinded.
“The proof that these steps the Legislature has taken are working can be seen across the state. Unemployment is down, home sales have increased by 11 percent, and for the first time since 2004, Michigan’s population is growing.
“I want to reiterate that while progress has been made there is still much more work to be done. I look forward to working with Governor Snyder and the House to pass laws that will encourage economic opportunity and deliver real results for real people.”