Sen. Marleau ranks near top of economic freedom survey

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau is among the top-ranked senators in the 2017 Economic Freedom Scorecard for Michigan legislators.

The scorecard, released by the grassroots advocacy group Americans for Prosperity, uses voting records from key legislation of the previous year to calculate each senator’s commitment to standards of economic freedom.

“To continue Michigan’s economic comeback, it is critical that we safeguard economic freedom,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Being in the top eight in the Senate for this cause is a proud achievement.”

Americans for Prosperity is a national grassroots organization dedicated to promoting the policies and goals of a free society. Among other principles, the organization advocates for limited government, low taxes and increased opportunities for work and achievement.

“I look forward this year to continuing to fight for policies that promote economic growth in the state,” Marleau said.

Marleau: Senate’s 2019 budget continues focus on improving Michigan

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Thursday supported a Senate budget plan for fiscal year 2019 that increases support for key priorities, including educating Michigan students, protecting families and continuing the state’s economic recovery.

“This budget reflects a commitment to continued economic growth and wise spending,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “Once again, we are enhancing public health and safety, encouraging economic development, and increasing state funding for schools to record levels.”

Senate Bill 863 is the K-12 education budget. It includes a foundation allowance increase for all schools of between $115 and $230 per pupil, nearly $500 million to help schools educate at-risk students, $5 million for a new career and technical education incentive, and a $1.3 billion deposit into the Michigan Public School Employees Retirement System (MPSERS).

The entire state budget plan features $7 million to support rural hospitals, a $10 million boost for local public health departments, $40.9 million for Going Pro skilled trades training to prepare workers for in-demand jobs, and an additional $3.6 million to combat various wildlife diseases like bovine TB and chronic wasting disease.

SBs 850-865 now head to the House of Representatives for consideration.

Marleau honors Strand Theater during awards ceremony

Sen. Jim Marleau

Sen. Jim Marleau

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Jim Marleau on Tuesday spoke in recognition of the restored Strand Theater in Pontiac, where the theater received the Governor’s Award for Historic Preservation.

“This restoration project has increased the quality of life for Pontiac residents, and the theater is sure to be a destination for surrounding communities, bringing additional economic activity to the city,” said Marleau, R-Lake Orion. “This great city has struggled from the economic downturn of 2008, but this restoration is representative of Pontiac’s resurgence and economic comeback.”

The Strand was built in 1921 and was a prominent theater for most of the 20th century. The city of Pontiac acquired the building in 1986 and the failure and vacancy of the venue were symptomatic of the city’s economic struggles.

Since 2012, the Strand Theater has been renovated into a 900-seat theater, a 150-seat restaurant, and classroom and meeting space.

“As the senator representing Pontiac I was excited to learn of this project and grateful that it is receiving this well-deserved recognition,” Marleau said. “The Strand Theater is providing an entertainment and education center and is bringing more than 400 jobs to the city.

“On behalf of the residents of the city of Pontiac and the 12th Senate District, I thank you all for your hard work and vision to make this project a reality.”