Pappageorge and Senate GOP announce priorities for fall agenda
Thursday, September 22, 2011
LANSING--State Sen. John Pappageorge and his Senate Republican colleagues unveiled their agenda for the fall legislative session Wednesday with the focus on spurring job growth, strengthening education, protecting the rights of residents, and continuing government reforms.
A key strategy involves a move to reform the business equipment tax, a job-killing provision that punishes businesses that expand and invest in new technology to remain competitive.
“It’s vital that we remove obstacles to investment,” said Pappageorge, R-Troy. “These changes will enable Michigan firms to grow and expand, which will lead to new jobs.”
Pappageorge said it’s time to streamline the regulatory process and make it easier to do business in Michigan.
“Cutting through the red tape benefits job providers as well as their employees,” he said.
The 13th District lawmaker said Michigan needs a highly educated workforce that will attract employers to our state and generate high-paying jobs.
Senate Republicans are moving forward in several ways to protect the rights of Michigan residents. This includes:
- Creating a statewide alert to safely and quickly return missing vulnerable adults;
- Guarding against those who would take advantage of defenseless seniors;
- Clarifying Michigan’s medical marijuana law, which has been abused; and
- Increasing penalties for those who prey upon homeowners in vulnerable financial situations.
“We must do everything possible to protect those who cannot protect themselves,” said Pappageorge. “These safeguards, and others, will go a long way toward reaching this goal.”
As all these reforms are considered, Pappageorge said it’s crucial that Michigan government become more accountable.
“Taxpayers should see how their tax dollars are being spent,” Pappageorge said. “The more transparency we have, the better. Let’s empower our residents to be engaged in government and to help drive positive change.”
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