State Rep. Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, made the following statement in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State address:
“I appreciate hearing each of the goals the governor has for 2013. As we begin a new legislative term, I’m proud of what we have accomplished to date, but I am looking forward to all that is still ahead of us.
“Quality of life has improved for Michigan residents over the past couple of years, something I hear every time I talk with constituents. But the goal of improving government is never finished. We can make the quality of life even better by fixing our roads and bridges and continuing to lower the unemployment rate, ensuring none of our kids or grandkids have to leave our great state to find jobs.
“I’m committed to making Michigan’s comeback story one of the greatest this nation has seen, and I know we will deliver on that.”
O’Brien was joined for the speech in Lansing by Dave Maturen, a Kalamazoo County Commissioner, Scott Pierangeli, former assistant prosecutor for Kalamazoo County and John Allen, a local attorney. O’Brien also met with Mary Balkema, Kalamazoo County Treasurer and Joanna Johnson, Director of the Kalamazoo County Road Commission, who heard the speech as guests of state Sen. Tonya Schuitmaker.