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Robertson reports on State of the State message

Gov. Snyder recently delivered his 2015 State of the State address, in which he highlighted Michigan's economic gains, including the creation of more than 300,000 private sector jobs since 2011. I am that proud our reform efforts over the past several years have helped create a positive environment for job growth.

Along with continuing efforts to improve the economy, I was pleased to see an emphasis on education and training opportunities so our students are prepared for success. I also applaud the governor's focus on making government more accountable by maximizing state resources on results, not bureaucracy.

Michigan has made great strides, yet there is still much more to do. I am excited for the challenges ahead as we work together on behalf of Michigan's hardworking families.

Jobless rate falls to lowest point in 12 years!

Michigan's unemployment rate declined to 6.3 percent in December, the lowest monthly rate since November 2002. The decline represents a full two-point drop from December 2013.

State officials also noted that Michigan's labor market was particularly strong in the second half of 2014. I look forward to building on this good news and working to keep the momentum going. Bringing more jobs to our area remains one of my top priorities.

New laws promote patient health

Few things are as important as the health and well-being of our loved ones. Senate legislation recently signed into law will:

  • Better protect patrons from severe life-threatening allergic reactions by expanding restaurant food safety training to include allergen awareness (SB 730).
  • Provide women with important information by requiring a patient to be notified when her mammogram shows dense breast tissue, a common occurrence but one that could make it more difficult to detect cancer (SB 879).
  • Support the direct primary care model, providing Michigan residents the option to contract directly with health care providers for routine health care services (SB 1033).

Free fishing weekend promises winter fun

Why not make it a special Valentine's Day weekend and head for the great outdoors? Michigan's annual Winter Free Fishing Weekend falls on February 14-15 this year.

All fishing license fees are waived for the two days. Residents and out-of-state visitors can enjoy fishing on both inland and Great Lakes waters for all species of fish. All fishing regulations will still apply. Visit www.michigan.gov/freefishing for more information, including details on special events.