Audio Clips from members of the Senate Republican Caucus
June 27, 2017
Sen. John Proos is urging the federal government and the Army Corps of Engineers to prevent Asian carp from entering the Great Lakes after a silver carp was discovered less than 10 miles from Lake Michigan."Asian carp are a real and tremendous threat to our economy and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem," said Proos, R-St. Joseph.
June 22, 2017
Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, discusses the fiscal year 2018 budget, which includes several initiatives important to northern Michigan and the Upper Peninsula.
June 6, 2017
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, recently chatted with Michael Patrick Shiels about various issues making their way through state government, along with his philosophy when it comes to introducing bills.
June 2, 2017
Sen. Proos talks about Internet Safety Month - a time to ensure that everyone has a safe and enjoyable time online.
May 26, 2017
According to the late 2016 Business Outlook for West Michigan by the Upjohn Institute, leisure and hospitality sectors in Berrien County grew by more than 8 percent over the same period in 2015. Southwest Michigan offers families a wide variety of outstanding outdoor summer activities, and a summer getaway here in Michigan is a great way have fun with the entire family and also support the local economy.
May 19, 2017
Some people are stealing special markers on the graves of veterans and selling them to collectors or scrap metal dealers. Senate Bill 341 would crack down on the thefts by specifically making it illegal to "buy, receive or possess" a stolen veterans marker or memorial.
May 18, 2017
During National Police Week, the Senate approve legislation to create a fundraising license plate that would benefit the Thin Blue Line of Michigan. For each plate purchased, $25 would go the nonprofit organization, which provides financial and legal support for the families of law enforcement officers who are severely injured or killed in the line of duty.
May 17, 2017
A key factor in Michigan's skilled jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where positions exist. Proos' legislation would allow students to receive a STEM certification as an incentive for taking additional courses and require schools to provide students with the most recent outlooks of in-demand occupations in their region.
May 15, 2017
A hearing will focus on what a funding formula for prisoners might look like. The administration continues to seek a $1,481 per-prisoner at-facility increase or a $2,058 per-prisoner total increase. Michigan needs a plan based on sound math and an accurate number of prisoners.
May 10, 2017
The governor's proposed Fiscal Year 2018 budget includes increases over the current budget of $100 per student and $1,480 per prisoner. Proos said Michigan's prison population continues to decline, which is good news for the entire state, the dramatic spike in per-prisoner costs further illustrates that the state is funding empty beds and facilities.
May 2, 2017
Sen.Margaret O'Brien comments on her new bill that would make it illegal to perform female genital mutilation in Michigan. The felony crime would be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.
May 1, 2017
Senator Margaret O'Brien, R-Portage, discuss her new bill that would make it illegal to perform female genital mutilation in Michigan. The felony crime would be punishable by up to 15 years imprisonment.
April 28, 2017
A significant reason for Michigan's current jobs gap is a lack of focus on training and education in fields where open positions exist. This initiative is the next step in ensuring Michigan students are prepared for success and to meet the state's growing need to fill high- tech automotive jobs.
April 26, 2017
The annual social networking contest features 31 Southwest Michigan high schools who compete to show their school spirit in a bracket-style tournament. Students are encouraged to submit photos on Facebook, Twitter and Proos' website to score points for their school. This year's champion is the community of Watervliet. The earn the title, the Panthers scored a total of more than 100,000 points and submitted more than 2,700 photos, which received more than 86,000 likes on Facebook.
Sen. John Proos, R-St. Joseph, reminds anglers they can now purchase a 2017 Michigan Fishing License
April 12, 2017
Fishing licenses can be purchased 24 hours a day, seven days a week online or by visiting a local license retailer or DNR Customer Service Center. All 2017 fishing licenses are valid through March 31, 2018 and are good for all species.
April 10, 2017
Sen. Goeff Hansen, R-Hart, reminds boaters to be sensible, safe, and sober to help keep the Great Lakes State a safe place for summer boating fun.
March 30, 2017
Gov. Rick Snyder signed comprehensive legislation to make reforms throughout the criminal justice system. The multi-bill package was spearheaded by Proos and includes measures that will result in better outcomes, increased public safety and reduced costs. The measures are about putting best practices to use to reduce recidivism and help prisoners become productive citizens.
March 27, 2017
The purpose of the competition is to engage the community in the spirit of 'March Madness' in a way that inspires creativity and enable students and alumni to show their school pride. Proos announced the schools that have advanced to the Sweet 16.
March 22, 2017
Senate Concurrent Resolution 12 calls on the president and the U.S. secretary of state to approve construction of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline to safely bring Canadian oil to American refineries.
March 22, 2017
Asian carp pose a real threat to vibrant fishing, tourism and boating industries and the health of the Great Lakes ecosystem. Senate Concurrent Resolution 7 calls for action to prevent a permanent economic and environmental disaster whose impacts would be felt throughout the state and region.
March 22, 2017
Sen. Peter MacGregor spoke with hosts Gerry Brisson, president of Gleaners, and Dr. Phil Knight, executive director of the Food Bank Council of Michigan, during a recent episode of WJR's 'Food for Thought,' to discuss food insecurity and the work of food banks in the state.
March 16, 2017
School spirit encompasses a wide range of school activities, such as band, drama, robotics, athletics and art, and no one has more school spirit than Southwest Michigan. Area schools will compete in a single-elimination bracket contest, with the first round beginning on March 20 at noon. The entire tournament will span five weeks, ending at noon on April 21.
March 14, 2017
Outdoor enthusiasts contribute billions of dollars to the state economy every year and help support the state's conservation efforts. Senate Joint Resolution G would protect Michigan's rich heritage of hunting, fishing and trapping by establishing the right in the Michigan Constitution.
March 14, 2017
Kowall speaks with Frank Beckmann about Senate Bills 203 and 204, which he sponsored, and SB 205, sponsored by Sen. Joe Hune. The bills would allowing online gaming in Michigan.
March 9, 2017
The Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms will soon be heading to the governor. Senate Bills 5-13, 15-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities.
March 2, 2017
A House committee has approved the Senate's bipartisan criminal justice reforms. Senate Bills 5-24 and 50 are designed to reduce recidivism, crime and prison costs while also increasing safety in Michigan communities. This reforms focus on using smarter, data-driven approaches to efficiently and effectively rehabilitate prisoners.
February 21, 2017
Senator O'Brien reflects after attending a vigil to honor the memory of the victims of a shooting that took place in Kalamazoo on the one year anniversary of the tragedy.
State Sen. Ken Horn, R- Frankenmuth, joins Frank Beckman to discuss various topics in the State of Michigan
February 14, 2017
The senator spent time discussing his newly introduced MIThrive initiative along with School Reform Office's decision to shut down some of the state's lowest performing schools.
February 8, 2017
Proos said that the governor's Fiscal Year 2018 state budget recommendation is a good start in the process, and he looks forward to passing a budget that enables Michigan to continue to attract new jobs and investment, provide vital services and meet its most pressing challenges - all while living within its means.
State Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, discusses the Senate's MIThrive initiative on the Frank Beckman Show
February 8, 2017
The MIThrive initiative is a bipartisan package aimed at redeveloping vacant properties across our state. These properties, known as brownfield properties, are often the remains of previous industrial sites that are incredibly costly to clean up and redevelop. Because of these associated costs, they are viewed as unfavorable to developers and often sit vacant for many years. This legislation seeks to "close the gap" on the overall construction costs by allowing the developer to receive a portion of the newly generated tax revenue from that site, with the rest being distributed to the state and local government that houses the property. The legislation also includes provisions stating that no taxpayer money can be used toward the initial investment, placing the financial burden solely on the private developer.