LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, tonight issued the statement below following Governor Snyder’s State of the State address:
“Governor Snyder outlined an ambitious and challenging agenda for the year. The Governor has never shied away from tackling the tough issues facing our state and tonight’s remarks suggest that he will once again push forward in the spirit of reform and progress.
The Governor has identified the need for state programs to make a greater impact in the lives of our constituents. The Senate Republicans agree that good intentions and thoughtful policy fall flat if citizens do not experience real results.
The Governor has set the tone that this year, and this term, will build upon the hard work accomplished over the previous four years. My colleagues and I in the Senate are eager to join with the Governor to address statewide issues, but we are also interested in devoting time to issues that resonate at the local level.
Michigan continues to see economic gains, but perhaps most importantly, our families are beginning to experience the impact of Michigan’s fledgling turnaround. Our state has garnered much attention over the past four years from the nation. Improvements on a broad scale benefit us all, but at the legislative level, we know that many of our constituents are eager to address issues being discussed around their dinner tables.
The Senate Republicans expect that there will be times when our goals and objectives differ from those of the Governor, but that will not deter my colleagues. The people of Michigan benefit from the separate and independent voices of the distinct branches of government.
Spirited debate and thoughtful negotiation over legislation have resulted in a better product each time for our citizens. The Senate will continue to distinguish itself as the voice of the people. After all, as members of the legislature it is our duty as public servants to advocate for the needs of our neighbors and communities.
In the coming week, the Senate will present its own agenda. My colleagues have been working to compile a list of the issues percolating in their districts. Issues like job growth, student-centered education and quality of life are concerns for us all, but the definition of each differs by citizen, community and region. The Senate will take the time to thoughtfully consider these issues from small to large in an effort to make a positive impact in the daily lives of our constituents.
The Senate Republicans look forward to another year of working with the Governor, our colleagues in the House and members on the other side of the aisle to continue to improve Michigan.”