Senator O’Brien reacts to State of the State address

Senator Margaret O'Brien

Senator Margaret O’Brien

LANSING, Mich. – State Senator Margaret O’Brien, R-Portage, issued the following statement Tuesday after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2015 State of the State address:

“I appreciate the opportunity to attend the governor’s State of the State address and hear about his priorities for the upcoming year. As the governor mentioned, our state has come a long way over the past four years, and I am excited to continue that work in the Senate. Despite our state’s recent comeback, however, Michigan still faces many challenges as we begin this legislative session.

“Improving our economy and bringing more jobs to our state remains a top priority, and that work is never done. Education also remains a priority for me. We must continue to develop technical and vocational education that will allow students to directly enter the workforce. We have a number of openings in high-paying, skilled jobs. It is important that students have the option to either pursue vocational education or college prep education. Michigan has a great history in the skilled trades.

“The governor mentioned teacher effectiveness and evaluations; this is an issue I have worked on the last four years. It is essential that research-based evaluations are implemented in our public schools. This will improve student performance, while also ensuring our teachers and administrators are getting the assistance they need to best help students.

“Michigan has come a long way, and I am committed to keeping that positive momentum going in the state Senate.”