Arlan Meekhof elected Senate Majority Leader

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Sen. Arlan Meekhof was unanimously elected by the Senate Republican caucus on Thursday to be the next Michigan Senate Majority Leader.

“I am honored and humbled to have earned the trust of my colleagues to serve as the leader of this amazing caucus of talented men and women,” said Senate Majority Leader-elect Meekhof, R-West Olive. “I am excited to begin this new role as we continue moving Michigan forward.

“I also want the residents of the 30th District to know that despite my new responsibilities, I will remain focused on working hard for the people of West Michigan.”

Meekhof was elected on Tuesday to a second term as state senator for the 30th Senate District. He currently serves as Senate Majority Floor Leader and will begin his tenure as Senate Majority Leader when the next Legislature takes office in January.

Prior to becoming a senator, Meekhof served four years in the Michigan House of Representatives in the 89th District from 2007-2010.

Arlan has lived in Olive Township with his wife Barb for nearly 30 years. They have three adult children and four grandchildren.

“As leader, I look forward to ensuring our caucus efforts will continue to be dedicated to improving our great state,” Meekhof said. “We have achieved much during the past four years, but the job isn’t done. We must continue to make Michigan competitive for new jobs and investment, ensure our students get a quality education that prepares them for success and reduce the burden of government on Michigan families and small businesses.”

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Meekhof welcomes local pastor to Capitol

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Pastor Wayne Muri (right) to the Michigan Capitol last week.

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Pastor Wayne Muri (right) to the Michigan Capitol last week.

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, welcomed Pastor Wayne Muri (right) to the Michigan Capitol last week.

Wayne Muri is the Pastor of Lakeshore Baptist Church in Grand Haven and delivered the invocation before the Senate inaugural swearing in ceremony.

Meekhof issues statement following State of the State address

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, tonight issued the statement below following Governor Snyder’s State of the State address:

“Governor Snyder outlined an ambitious and challenging agenda for the year.  The Governor has never shied away from tackling the tough issues facing our state and tonight’s remarks suggest that he will once again push forward in the spirit of reform and progress.

The Governor has identified the need for state programs to make a greater impact in the lives of our constituents.  The Senate Republicans agree that good intentions and thoughtful policy fall flat if citizens do not experience real results.

The Governor has set the tone that this year, and this term, will build upon the hard work accomplished over the previous four years.  My colleagues and I in the Senate are eager to join with the Governor to address statewide issues, but we are also interested in devoting time to issues that resonate at the local level.

Michigan continues to see economic gains, but perhaps most importantly, our families are beginning to experience the impact of Michigan’s fledgling turnaround.  Our state has garnered much attention over the past four years from the nation.  Improvements on a broad scale benefit us all, but at the legislative level, we know that many of our constituents are eager to address issues being discussed around their dinner tables.

The Senate Republicans expect that there will be times when our goals and objectives differ from those of the Governor, but that will not deter my colleagues.  The people of Michigan benefit from the separate and independent voices of the distinct branches of government.

Spirited debate and thoughtful negotiation over legislation have resulted in a better product each time for our citizens.  The Senate will continue to distinguish itself as the voice of the people.  After all, as members of the legislature it is our duty as public servants to advocate for the needs of our neighbors and communities.

In the coming week, the Senate will present its own agenda.  My colleagues have been working to compile a list of the issues percolating in their districts.  Issues like job growth, student-centered education and quality of life are concerns for us all, but the definition of each differs by citizen, community and region.  The Senate will take the time to thoughtfully consider these issues from small to large in an effort to make a positive impact in the daily lives of our constituents.

The Senate Republicans look forward to another year of working with the Governor, our colleagues in the House and members on the other side of the aisle to continue to improve Michigan.”

Meekhof makes repeal of prevailing wage a priority

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced legislation to repeal Michigan’s outdated prevailing wage law and save schools and communities money.

Meekhof will sponsor Senate Bill 1 to repeal Michigan’s prevailing wage law. Senate Bill 1 will be introduced at the next senate session on Tuesday, January 20th. Current law requires all construction firms deployed to a government worksite to pay employees union scale wages costing taxpayers, schools and local communities more money.

“Since my days as a township official, I have viewed prevailing wages laws as an unnecessary burden on our schools and local communities,” said Meekhof. “It does not make sense that our taxpayers should have to pay more for improvements to our school and municipal buildings. The extra cost of prevailing wage laws siphons money away from other community priorities.”

Legislation to repeal the prevailing wage law consists of Senate Bills 1, 2 and 3. Senators Peter MacGregor, R-Rockford, and Dave Robertson, R-Grand Blanc, sponsored the other bills in the package to complete the repeal of prevailing wage laws.

“Michigan was a very different state when prevailing wage laws took effect fifty years ago,” said MacGregor, sponsor of Senate Bill 2. “As we work to foster a modern, 21st Century economy that will help drive Michigan forward, we must repeal these outdated, burdensome, costly and unnecessary laws.”

“I look forward to working with my colleagues in the House and Senate to come up with an agreeable solution and save taxpayer dollars,” said Robertson.

The House of Representatives also announced legislation today to repeal the current prevailing wage statute in Michigan.

“The senate has made commonsense legislation a priority. It simply does not make sense that state government requires taxpayer-funded building projects cost more than other construction. Repealing the prevailing wage law eliminates a burdensome requirement that has no place in a growing and competitive economy,” said Meekhof.

Meekhof announces senate committees

LANSING—Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today announced senate standing committees and appropriations subcommittees.

“Having a large caucus means we have that many more people eager to be leaders in a variety of policy areas.  As I have said before, our majority makes it possible for our members to focus their energy and attention on specific issue areas and lend their own experience and knowledge to the committee process.  Together with our Democratic colleagues, I am confident we will see thoughtful and productive debate on a variety of topics and I expect us to take full advantage of a transparent and participatory committee process.

The appropriations subcommittee chairs benefit from years of experience in the legislature and experience as part of the appropriations process in previous terms.  The citizens of Michigan will be well served by the work ethic and capability of these dedicated men and women.

The Senate is prepared to get down to the business of serving our citizens.  The work done in committee is crucial to the development of commonsense policy and a timely budget process. ”

The attached document includes a list of all standing committees and members and all appropriations subcommittees and committee members.

Committee Assignments – 2015-16

Meekhof calls for Agema to resign

LANSING-Senate Majority Leader Arlan Meekhof, R-West Olive, today issued the following statement regarding Dave Agema:

“When the ignorance and stupidity of one individual overshadows the good work done by so many other Republicans, it is incumbent upon those of us who know better to speak up and demand accountability.  Dave Agema clearly has no shame, otherwise he would have already resigned.

With so many more important issues and ideas to address it is unfortunate that the Senate Republicans, or anyone, would have to take time away from serving the hardworking taxpayers of Michigan to deal with someone as irrelevant and arrogant as this disgraced national committeeman.”