Sen. Green responds to the 2011 State of the State address

LANSING – After listening to Gov. Rick Snyder’s first State of the State address Wednesday night, Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, issued the following statement:

“Tonight, Governor Snyder put the emphasis where it should be: jobs and the economy.

“What Michigan needed to hear tonight was an honest assessment of the challenges we face. I think we got that. But most importantly, we needed to see bold leadership from the governor in the face of some very difficult choices. I think he delivered on key points.

“We have to work together to use our tax dollars wisely and live within our means. We need to lower the tax burden on workers and businesses in this state, starting by repealing the job-killing Michigan Business Tax. I support that.

“I absolutely agree that we need to reshape state government so that it is lean, productive and responsive to the people. It should give taxpayers a good value for their dollar. He talked about eliminating outdated regulations and practices that are an obstacle to job creation, which is right on target.

“He placed special emphasis on agriculture, the Great Lakes and our natural resources. They’re very important to the 31st district, so that is encouraging.

“We didn’t get into this mess overnight, and we won’t get out of it overnight either. But we will get Michigan back on track with bold leadership, tough choices and innovative thinking.

“Michigan can and will make a comeback. The governor’s address was promising. Let’s get to work.” 

Media Advisory: Sen. Green available following the 2011 State of the State address

Who: State Sen. Mike Green, chairman of the Senate Appropriations subcommittees on Agriculture, the Department of Natural Resources and the Department of Environmental Quality.

What: Reaction and comments following the governor’s State of the State address.

When: The address is scheduled to begin Wednesday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m.

Where: House of Representatives
State Capitol

Briefing: Green, R-Mayville, will be available for comment following the State of the State address. Please call Green’s office at 1-866-305-2131 prior to 5 p.m. on Jan. 19 to schedule an interview time with the senator.

Audio remarks will be available for broadcast from the Senate Majority Audiowire at: www.senate.michigan.gov/podcasts.asp?District=31

Mike Green sworn in as senator for 31st District

LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green, R-Mayville, was sworn in today during a public ceremony at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

Green was joined on the Senate floor by his wife, Paula; his mother, Ruby; his sons Andy, Phil and Pete and their spouses; his daughter, Elisabeth and her husband; and 14 of his 18 grandchildren. His daughter Katie, her husband and their four children are missionaries in South Africa and were unable to attend. More than 100 guests attended the ceremony and a reception at Green’s office.

“I am humbled and honored to have so many family, friends and people from across the district here,” Green said. “Today we celebrate new leadership for Michigan and tomorrow we get started turning this state around.

“There’s no question there’s a lot of work in store for the Legislature. The road ahead will be difficult at times. But we’re here to make the tough choices to get Michigan headed in the right direction.”

The Senate of the 96th Michigan Legislature is comprised of 26 Republicans and 12 Democrats. State senators are elected to serve a four-year term. The 31st District encompasses Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac and Tuscola counties. 

Senator Green announces opening of Senate office

LANSING—State Sen. Mike Green announced that his Lansing office is open and that he is looking forward to hitting the ground running when the Senate convenes its first session on Wednesday, Jan. 12. Green will be sworn into office on that day.

“I want everyone to know that we are here, and we are already working hard for the people in the district,” said Green, R-Mayville. “We have a lot of challenges and tough choices ahead of us, but I am optimistic that we will turn Michigan around.”

Green recently was appointed to serve on the Senate Appropriations Committee, where he will serve as chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee, the Department of Natural Resources Subcommittee and the Department of Environmental Quality Subcommittee. He is also a member of the Committee on Banking and Financial Institutions, and the Committee on Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes.

Green said he is pleased with his committee assignments.

“Natural resources and agriculture are crucial to our local economy and important to our economic recovery,” said Green. “I am eager to roll up my sleeves and use these committee assignments to reform state government, pass a balanced budget and encourage economic growth.”

Sen. Green’s office is located in Room 805 of the Farnum Building at 125 West Allegan St. in Lansing, across from the Michigan Capitol. Green’s e-mail address is senmgreen@senate.michigan.gov.

He has set up a toll-free number for constituents: 866-305-2131; the standard office phone number is (517) 373-1777. The mailing address is P.O. Box 30036, Lansing, MI, 48909.

“My staff and I are here to help,” said Green. “If anyone has any questions, comments or a problem they need help with, they should feel free to contact my office.”

The 31st Senate District includes Arenac, Bay, Huron, Sanilac, and Tuscola counties.