The Senate Republican caucus continues to lead Michigan forward at a time when we are encountering a remarkable economic comeback after a decade of decline. Michiganders responded to our state’s turnaround by electing our largest caucus – now 27 members strong – in the nearly 33 years that we have held the majority in the state Senate.
Where seven years ago we were talking about all the things that were going wrong in Michigan, today the landscape is much different, and the message is a positive one. Since January 2011, Michigan has created more than 475,000 new private sector jobs. The unemployment rate is near a 17-year low. Home ownership is up, as is the state’s population, and crime is down. Our budgets are balanced and on time, and the state now stands on a firm financial footing built for the future.
It’s a great time to be a Michigander. And our future looks bright. But we cannot be content; we must keep moving Michigan forward. Senate Republicans were hired and entrusted to do a job and we take that responsibility seriously. There is still so much more that we must accomplish to ensure that Michigan is the best place to live, work, and raise a family.
Thank you for your continued support.
Arlan B. Meekhof
Senate Majority Leader