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 He talked about eliminating outdated regulations and practices that are an obstacle to job creation, which is right on target.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.”