District Office Hours
In order to provide residents a convenient opportunity to meet with me in person, I will sponsor “office hours” at local restaurants and township offices at least once a month. This is a great opportunity to ask me questions or bring any ideas you have for our great state. I hope you will join me on Friday, Feb. 11, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Cannon Township Office, 6878 Belding Road NE, Rockford. No appointment is necessary. Residents who are otherwise unable to meet during my scheduled office hours may contact my Lansing office at (855) 347-8073 or e-mail me at email@example.com.
Republicans set the standards of the 96th Legislature
The House Republican caucus will pursue an aggressive agenda predicated on reforms to three key areas: government spending, state regulations and our tax structure. In designing these reforms, I will take input from residents and businesses to create an economic environment that fosters job creation and economic growth.
To learn more about the guiding principles of the new majority, you may download our brief, three-page overview online at www.gophouse.com/Publications/999/Guiding_Principles_2011.pdf.
You can also view regular House Republican Caucus updates by friending us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/MichiganHouseGOP or following us on Twitter @mihousegop. As always, I will be posting updates on my personal Facebook site, www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1637401686. Please check this for daily updates and scheduled events.
My Committee Assignments
At the start of a new term, individual members are selected to serve on a number of important legislative committees. Each committee is made up of a fraction of the general House membership and concentrates on a particular area of legislative development. Typically, committee members are the first to take testimony on legislation before it is allowed to be heard on the floor of the Michigan House.
Committee assignments are not random appointments. They are the result of a long, deliberative process which prioritizes the expertise, experience and education of every single House lawmaker. Speaker Bolger ultimately determines in which areas a lawmaker’s faculties or interests are best utilized toward the formation of good public policy. As you may know, I specifically requested to be appointed to the Appropriations Committee. I wanted this role because I saw the need to prioritize your tax dollars to only essential services and get our government “right sized” again.
As such, I am honored to announce that I have been selected to chair both Military and Veterans Affairs and the State Police subcommittees. I am also serving as vice chair of Department of Community Health and sitting on Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth. These committees are central to the reconciliation of our budget deficit and will provide me great influence in addressing our state’s chronic spending problems for the long term.
Gov. Snyder’s ‘road map’ available online
As referenced in the governor’s State of the State address, the progress of his plan to reshape our state will be recorded and measured online. With a mission to motivate progress, Gov. Snyder will set clear, measurable goals and actively track their progress for the duration of his term.
Called the Michigan Dashboard, the governor’s site shows the status of efforts which impact economic growth, education, public health and safety, value for taxpayer dollars in government, and overall quality of life. The Dashboard can be found at www.michigan.gov/midashboard.