Sen. Schmidt reacts to governor’s State of the State address

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement Tuesday night after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2017 State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder spoke tonight with a lot of optimism about our state and where it is going. As chairman of the Commerce Committee, I share his enthusiasm, particularly about the strength of the economy, business expansion and job growth.

“We have seen tremendous growth in key industries that drive our economy and employ our people. Agriculture and tourism, which are key to northern Michigan, as well as manufacturing, all continue to push Michigan forward, attracting talented workers and paying high wage jobs that all contribute to the economic turnaround.

“Infrastructure is one area that I am glad the governor discussed, and particularly that of upgrading the Soo Locks. Thousands of jobs and millions of dollars rely on this vital crossing and the time has long passed that it be upgraded.

“I also agree that we must continue our investment in future generations of Michiganders by improving education in our state, to empower parents and students with more choice and flexibility to better meet their needs and goals. We should also work to provide more opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math and the skilled trades to help students prepare for the jobs of tomorrow.

“In a wide ranging speech, the point is clear that Michigan is back and doing better, but there is work left to do. I look forward to the challenge and continuing the work of making our state the best place to be.”