Sen. Jansen offers comments on State of the State address
LANSING—After the annual State of the State address, Sen. Mark C. Jansen, R-Gaines Township, issued the following statement:
“I’m glad to hear the governor finally talking about reforming government. We have a lot to do this year and I want to work with her on getting major reforms done. Earlier this year my Senate Republican colleagues and I introduced 10 key reforms to restructure and downsize state government.
“I have sponsored several reform proposals that could save taxpayers $600 million by requiring public employees and legislators to contribute 15 to 20 percent for their health care and removing barriers to local governments so that they can effectively share services or consolidate functions.
“We need a smaller and more efficient government that can do more with residents’ hard earned dollars. I strongly believe in reforms. Our reform plan would result in an estimated savings of more than $2 billion at the state and local levels.
“Job creation and retention must be our primary focus in the next four years. When our neighbors have jobs they can pay their mortgages and bills, and stay here in our communities. Our citizens are what make Michigan such a great place to live and work.
“We must use technology and insights from the private sector to work with each state department on making the government process more user friendly and efficient. A recovered economy will bring back jobs, construction, workers and home prices. We must help companies grow and stay in Michigan.”
Posted: Wednesday, February 03, 2010
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