05Feb Michigan House Republicans announce policy blueprint for 2015-2016 legislative term Categories: Lauwers News,News Michigan House Republicans today released their plan for the next two years, with a focus on continued job growth, opening up new opportunities for young people and creating a better government for all.Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter and House Republicans unveiled the policy blueprint, titled “Focused on Michigan’s Future: Charting a Course for Continued Recovery,” at a Capitol press conference this afternoon. The document places the legislative goals of the caucus into six policy pillars: Fostering Job Growth and Strengthening our Economy, Creating a Brighter Future for All, Preparing Students for Tomorrow, Making Government More Accountable, Getting Michigan Moving and Powering its Future, and Eliminating Obstacles Created by Government.“Talk is cheap, but actions can be priceless,” said Cotter, R-Mt. Pleasant. “We have shown year after year that we turn our policy goals into real results for Michigan families. This term will be no different, with another plan full of public commitments that will hold us accountable to the people of Michigan.“For the public to truly hold us accountable, our actions and goals must be transparent. The people deserve to know where we stand, and they deserve representatives who will stand by their word.”Four years ago, House Republicans released a document called the Guiding Principles, and at the end of the term, 80 percent of the goals had been completed. Two years ago, the caucus released an Action Plan that laid out new goals, 80 percent of which were then accomplished.This year’s plan was created with input from all 63 members of the Republican caucus, led by the Policy Development Workgroup and its chair, state Rep. Dan Lauwers.“Our members did a great job collecting ideas from the people in their community and really listening to what the people of Michigan want from their state government,” said Lauwers, R-Brockway Township. “This document won’t come close to touching everything we will do in the next two years, but it shows the shared focus we all have as a caucus, and it highlights some of our top priorities and issue areas statewide. I am proud to stand by their efforts today, and I look forward to working hard alongside them as we accomplish these goals over the next two years.”A digital copy of the House Republican Action Plan can be found online at www.GOPHouse.com.