LANSING, Mich. – State Sen. Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, issued the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2015 State of the State address:
“I campaigned on a pledge to right-size state government and make it more effective and efficient. The governor’s announcement that he will combine the departments of Human Services and Community Health is a positive step in the right direction. By being proactive and addressing problems at their roots, rather than being reactive and chasing symptoms, we can help achieve these goals and improve the quality and delivery of services.
“I also appreciate that the governor continues to focus on education and improving our economy. Ensuring students are as prepared as possible to face an ever-changing workforce is key, and I think the governor’s efforts to link business needs with educational training, workforce development and skilled trades training is commendable.
“Jobs are a top priority, and while we have seen a vast improvement in terms of jobs created and a reduction in the rate of unemployment over the past four years, our state’s comeback is far from assured. Despite these accomplishments, we are again facing a budgetary shortfall and state government must continue the hard work of living within its means, as every Michigan family continues to do.
“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the Senate and House, and with the governor, to continue the vital work of fixing Michigan.”