State Rep excited about 2013

1-25-13 Joel Johnston_DSC3006Governor Rick Snyder on Wednesday delivered his third State of the State message to a joint session of the Legislature and the people of Michigan, and State Rep. Joel Johnson, R-Clare, was in attendance.

“I’m happy to see that our state is seeing the benefits of the reforms we’ve accomplished,” said Johnson after the address. “Employment in the state has increased by approximately 177,000 since 2009, our state is in the top-ten nationwide for personal income growth, and the governor and I both remain focused on providing efficient and effective government with excellent customer service for our hard-working taxpayers.”

Johnson said he will continue to make Michigan a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

“The best way to create jobs in our state is to make our state the best place to create a job by getting rid of unnecessary regulations and facilitating job growth,” he said

Vocational education remains a top priority for Johnson, and he will soon re-introduce his bill to permit local school districts to develop skilled trades education programs which students could choose to take with their parents’ permission.

Johnson said the priorities the governor laid out in his third speech are important for making Michigan better and the one the 97th District lawmaker was putting at the top of his list was career development for the next generation.

“I think we’ve missed the boat somewhat with our high school students in particular, where we’ve said each student has to be prepared for a university education,” Johnson said. “I really feel that we need to make sure those who have an interest in a vocational skill have an opportunity to learn those skills without being penalized and then are able to join the workforce with a good-paying job.”