LANSING—After listening to the governor’s 2015 State of the State address Tuesday night, state Sen. Ken Horn, R-Frankenmuth, issued the following statement:
“I am very pleased with the governor’s plan of action that builds on a foundation of economic success and recognizes that despite all that the Legislature has accomplished in recent sessions, there is still a great deal that needs to be done.
“In the past few years, the Legislature has achieved great success in building a stronger, more economically sound Michigan and improving the function of state government. Our leadership and thoughtful reforms put Michigan on the path to economic prosperity and financial stability.
“As a result, Michigan’s unemployment has decreased and several state industries are continuing to grow. Michigan agriculture is a more than $100 billion industry, recent reforms have brought in an extra $2 million from out-of-state tourism and the auto and manufacturing industries are growing as well.
“Our goal is to maintain responsible use of our resources to ensure that we continue to invest in our hard-working families and make life better for our residents. I support the governor’s idea of increasing investments to fix the roads, investing in education and skilled trades, keeping our communities safe and most importantly, continuing to improve the economy and getting people back to work.
“I particularly commend the governor for placing an emphasis on expanding the resources available for skilled trades and infusing these trained individuals into the workforce. My district has an abundance of skilled trade positions available, such as engineering and machine operation, yet we lack an educated workforce to fill these positions. I’m looking forward to every Michigan high school student having a chance at early college to find careers that ignite their passions.
“I have always supported increasing the resources for hands-on training needed for the well-paying jobs that are already available throughout Michigan. I applaud the governor for adding his voice to the call for schools, businesses and colleges to work together to prepare students for successful careers in the areas of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
“I am pleased with the direction Michigan is going. We have several challenges ahead of us, but we are ready to take them head on.”