Kowall: We have accomplished much, but work remains

Sen. Mike Kowall

Sen. Mike Kowall

LANSING, Mich. — Michigan Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Kowall on Tuesday attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State address, which laid out the governor’s plan for continuing Michigan’s economic recovery.

Kowall, R-White Lake, offered the following statement after the address:

“During his final State of the State address tonight, the governor recounted some of the major accomplishments of the past seven years while discussing what still needs to be done as we move Michigan forward.

“I was particularly pleased the governor highlighted the importance of two key issues I was honored to take the lead on and that remain vital to our state’s success.

“First, the governor mentioned the autonomous vehicle bills and their importance to the industry and to Michigan. This legislation, signed into law at the end of 2016, is going to help the people of Michigan by providing safer transportation, better mobility and a stronger economy.

“The law established the American Center for Mobility at Willow Run, providing researchers and developers with all they need to build the transportation future here in Michigan. Michigan is at the cutting edge of automotive innovation and manufacturing, and our emphasis on autonomous vehicle development will help ensure we remain the world leader in the auto industry.

“The governor also discussed the critical need for public-private partnerships as we address the state’s infrastructure needs over the next 30 to 50 years. As we work to develop and maintain our transportation, water, energy and communications systems — and a host of others — long-term contractual relationships between the public and the private sectors will be essential.

“Finally, the governor talked about the success of our economy. There is much to talk about: Since the end of 2010, Michigan has created 540,000 private-sector jobs. We have had eight years of unemployment reduction and six consecutive years of population growth. Our rainy day fund went from a mere $2 million to a whopping $889 million.

“There is much to be thankful for, and there is much work that remains to be done. I am eager to continue Michigan’s progress in 2018.”

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