LANSING — State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, has been named Legislator of the Year by the Michigan Manufacturers Association (MMA).
“I accept this award with sincere gratitude toward Michigan’s manufacturing industry, the true backbone of our state’s economy,” Brandenburg said after receiving the award on May 14. “Michigan is home to some of the hardest-working people in the world, and I am proud of the rebound the industry has experienced in recent years.”
Brandenburg, chair of Senate Finance Committee, put jobs at the top of his priorities list when running for state senate, and is now being honored for his accomplishments and hard work on an issue that has plagued Michigan for far too long.
“Michigan is in the midst of a comeback,” he said. “Unemployment is down from a 15 percent high to 8 percent, the lowest it’s been since 2008, and it continues to fall.”
The Wall Street Journal reported that Michigan’s comeback is stronger than any other state in the nation, and the state ranked fourth in the nation for corporate expansions in 2012.
“Jobs and getting people back to work remain my top priority,” said Brandenburg. “However, there is still much work to be done. This award has only made me want to work harder for the people of Michigan.”
MMA President and CEO Chuck Hadden said Brandenburg achieved what many thought was an impossible task: moving personal property tax legislation from Committee to the Senate in just three weeks.
“(Brandenburg) is a great champion for the state of Michigan and each and every manufacturer who resides here,” Hadden said.
- 30 DAYS
- Body of Southfield fire chief found in Lake St. Clair - Harrison Township
- ‘Friends don’t steal from the dead’ - Farmington Hills
- Roseville man arrested for alleged kidnapping and torture - Roseville
- Back-to-School Bonanza prepares needy kids for fall - Rochester
- Shelby dentist makes impact in Haiti - Shelby Township
- Bike network to connect six Woodward communities - Ferndale
- Hartwell resigns from council to run for mayor - Madison Heights
- Fatal crash occurs on Hayes Road - Macomb Township
- New boutique focuses on power of positivity - Madison Heights
- Suspicious man reported near school playground - St. Clair Shores
- Great Lakes water levels reach highest point since 1998 - Metro Detroit
- Allegedly drunken driver runs stop sign, crashes into business - Harrison Township
- Farmers market coming July 26 - St. Clair Shores
- Gone with the graffiti - Utica