Republican House lawmakers rolled out what they call an "action plan" Wednesday. It lays out wide ranging priorities, everything from reducing energy costs, to promoting Michigan's natural resources, to increasing adoption rates.
Citing added jobs and balanced budgets, Republicans say the state is making progress and their agenda is working.
"Michigan is open for business, Michigan is open for job creation," House Speaker Jase Bolger, (R) Grand Rapids.
Still, Bolger says there's more work to do. "We will work to improve the quality of life, all life, because life is precious and no life is disposable," he said.
"We need to be looking at what kind of debts are we incurring or have incurred and how can we identify them, quantify them and get rid of them," State Rep. Earl Poleski, (R) Jackson said.
Republican plans also include expanding access to early education and prenatal care, modernizing and investing in Michigan roadways and speeding up the adoption process.
"We can focus on our kids, make sure they have the opportunity for success, but also make sure every child can find a welcoming home," Bolger added.
Another priority is paying down debt. In what they're calling a new normal, Republicans also want a structurally balanced budget early by June 1st. That's four months ahead of the constitutional deadline and Republicans say, the extra time schools need to figure out their budgets.
"The Republicans are certainly paying lip service to the same priorities that we've been talking about for many years now, they've finally started talking about job creation and looking out for middle class families," House Minority Leader Tim Greimel, (D) Auburn Hills said. But Greimel says their actions don't match.
He says Republicans have slashed education funding and unleashed massive tax hikes on the middle class.
"They started taxing senior pensions, they cut the child tax deduction, they cut the homestead tax deduction," Greimel said.
Two views, from two parties, both hoping for a better Michigan.
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