State Rep. Peter Pettalia, R-Presque Isle, welcomed Bruce Bolen, mayor of East Tawas and Iosco County Road Commission manager, and his wife, Chris Bolen, to the House chamber on Wednesday evening for Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address. Pettalia said he was happy to hear the governor’s third speech include vocational education training and the workforce.
“The roots of Michigan success is based on our vocational education training,” Pettalia said. “The workforce quality that brought our state to prominence has tended to get lost in the last 20 years or so. Now that the governor is talking about vocational education and workforce development, I think it’s a great move for Michigan and Michigan’s economy.
“I was also glad to hear the governor wants to work on insurance regulations in Michigan. Our state has some of the highest costs in the nation, so any improvement we can make there while still protecting the people can be a strong component to boost job growth in Michigan – and that is what the bottom line for our future is, we need to keep the focus on helping job creation however and where ever we can.”
Bolen said attending the governor’s speech with Pettalia was an “awesome experience” and that the lawmaker was “ a fantastic host.”
“I was encouraged by most of the statements made by Gov. Snyder, and of course my main concern is with his comments about transportation funding,” Bolen said. “There needs to be a distinction between state trunk lines and county roads in it, because smaller communities need to be counted too.”