The Senate Republican caucus enters its new term at a time when Michigan is in the midst of a remarkable comeback after a decade of decline. Michiganders responded to our state’s turnaround over the past four years last November, by electing our largest caucus – now 27 members strong – in the more than 30 years we have held majority in the state Senate.
Whereas four years ago we were talking about all the things that had been and 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 300,000 private sector jobs. The unemployment rate is at its lowest point since 2002. 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. But we cannot be content; we must keep moving forward. Senate Republicans were hired and entrusted to do a job and we take that responsibility seriously. There is still so much more we have to accomplish to ensure Michigan is the best place to live, work and raise a family.
Thank you for your continued support.
Arlan B. Meekhof
Senate Majority Leader