Senator Mike Green
 

 
 

In Today's E-news

  • 2011: A Successful Year for Michigan's Future
  • New Resource for Michigan Workers: MI Talent Website
  • Free Fishing Weekend!
  • Office Hours
  • Cup of Joe for a Joe

2011: A Successful Year for Michigan's Future

When I took office in 2011, Michigan faced serious economic and budget challenges. At a crossroads, we faced a choice between continuing the status quo or making the tough decisions needed to set our state on the path to prosperity. We chose bold reforms that abandoned business-as-usual politics. The nation has taken notice and after just one year, the reforms are working:

  • Preliminary budget figures suggest that we're in good financial shape and on track for a surplus.
  • The Fitch Ratings Agency upgraded our bond outlook to Positive, when the national rating has been downgraded.
  • A survey of business leaders showed more optimism about the Michigan economy than the national economy.
  • Bloomberg recently ranked Michigan #2 in the nation for economic health.
  • And our unemployment figures have improved, dropping below 10% in November for the first time in 3 years! In fact, the Bay and Thumb area remain well under the statewide average.
By continuing to build on our record of responsible budgets, regulatory reforms, pro-growth tax cuts, and innovation in local and state government, I am confident that not only will Michigan be headed in the right direction, we'll lead the nation for generations to come.

New Resource for Michigan Workers: MI Talent Website

Jobs continue to be job number one. While we've accomplished so much in turning Michigan around, many folks continue to look for work.

A new resource, the Pure Michigan Talent Connect website, is now available for Michigan workers looking for a job, interested in a new career, or needing information on business and job trends. The site includes the existing Michigan Job Portal and Talent Bank and new features like the Career Matchmaker and Career Investment Calculator. Other areas offer resources specific to veterans and entrepreneurs.

Free Fishing Weekend!

Even during challenging times, Michigan offers plenty of opportunity for inexpensive, outdoor fun, including some of the finest freshwater fishing in the world with more than 3,000 miles of Great Lakes shoreline, over 11,037 inland lakes, and more than 36,350 miles of rivers and streams. The Michigan DNR promotes this wonderful resource with Free Fishing Weekends each winter and summer, allowing anyone to enjoy Michigan's premier fishing for FREE!

Locally, the Bay City State Recreation Area will be the center of Free Fishing Weekend activities on Saturday, February 18th from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. This event is free, but a Recreation Passport is required for entry. For more information on events like this throughout the state, feel free to visit the Free Fishing Weekend website and enjoy!

Office Hours

I am pleased to announce office hours in the district for the month of February. Office hours provide you with the opportunity to meet with me or a member of my staff to discuss your concerns or request assistance with a state agency. No appointment is needed and I hope to see you there!

Friday, February 17, 2012
11 am - 1 pm
Pere Marquette Depot
The 1904 Room
1000 Adams St, Bay City

Cup of Joe for a Joe

In closing, I'd like to let you know about a special way you can express your thanks to our men and women in uniform as they serve our nation throughout the world. It's called Cup of Joe for a Joe.

While the last American combat troops have departed Iraq, there are still thousands of military personnel deployed in Afghanistan and throughout the world, many of whom were unable to make it home to enjoy the holidays with family and friends.

A simple way to warm their hearts is to send them a cup of coffee. Visit A Cup of Joe for a Joe to sponsor a cup or bag of coffee for a service member with a personal message of your appreciation for their service and sacrifice. It's not a flashy or expensive gift, but it will mean a lot to our defenders of freedom.

Sincerely,

Mike Green
State Senator