Sen. Pavlov to hold office hours with Rep. Daley

LANSING – State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, announced that February office hours will be held in the 25th Senate District on Friday, Feb. 11.

The senator and Rep. Kevin Daley, R-Lum, will be available to meet with constituents at the following location and time:

7:30 to 9 a.m.
Sundance Grill
3817 S. Lapeer Road
Metamora

“Appointments are not necessary. I encourage everyone to drop by,” Pavlov said. “This is a great opportunity for residents of the 25th Senate District to meet with me and share their thoughts and concerns regarding state issues.”

For more information, contact Pavlov’s office at (517) 373-7708.
 

Sen. Pavlov, students attend governors the 2011 State of the State

LANSING — State Sen. Phil Pavlov and his guests, two local high school students, attended Gov. Rick Snyder’s inaugural State of the State address Wednesday. Both students participated in Pavlov’s annual State of the State essay contest.

“I’m thrilled that Ashley and Drew were here for the governor’s first State of the State,” said Pavlov, chair of the Senate Education Committee. “It’s an exciting time in Michigan, and we must engage our young people to help make our great state even greater.”

Ashley VanOoteghem, the contest winner, accompanied the senator to the House of Representatives to watch the governor’s address. The Lapeer East High School sophomore’s essay was selected by Pavlov as the winning entry.

“I’m really grateful for this opportunity,” said VanOoteghem, daughter of Kim and Jim VanOoteghem. “Government is something I’m very passionate about and I think more people in my age group should be interested in it.”

Runner-up, Yale High School sophomore Drew Morgan watched from the House balcony. Each elected official is allowed one guest to join them on the House floor.

“I’m just really happy Senator Pavlov provided this opportunity for me to see how state government works,” said Morgan, son of Sally Morgan.

“I’m excited about the proposals we heard tonight,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “Governor Snyder understands we have to begin doing things differently in Michigan, and I look forward to working with him to get our state back on the right track.”

Students participating in the contest were asked to write a 250-500 word essay detailing their vision to reinvent Michigan. 

Sen. Pavlov invites essay contest winners to attend the 2011 State of the State

LANSING — Two local high school students will travel to Lansing Wednesday to attend Gov. Rick Snyder’s inaugural State of the State address as guests of Sen. Phil Pavlov. Both students participated in Pavlov’s annual State of the State essay contest.

The contest winner, Lapeer East High School sophomore Ashley VanOoteghem, will accompany the senator to the House of Representatives to watch the governor’s address. Each elected official is allowed one guest to join them on the House floor.

Runner-up, Yale High School sophomore Drew Morgan will watch the speech from the balcony overlooking the House.

“I’m thrilled to welcome Ashley and Drew to their state Capitol for such a grand and important occasion,” said Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township. “I look forward to meeting these bright young people and talking with them about their ideas for making Michigan an even better place to live and work.”

Students participating in the contest were asked to write a 250-500 word essay detailing their vision to reinvent Michigan. 

 

Editor’s note: The winning essay is below:

Reinventing Michigan

There are many ways Michigan could potentially be improved, but ideas are much easier said than done. I believe my ideas are both beneficial and accomplishable. It is no secret that Michigan has been in a recession for some time now. Michigan, and the United States as a whole, is entering a new era of governmental and economic reforms. We must use innovative and modern thinking to cope with the changing times. To bring Michigan back to its once booming status, I have two important areas of focus I believe will make a huge impact on our state; creating a positive image and empowering the people and businesses of Michigan.

Creating a positive and fresh image would not only help business, but would draw people to Michigan as well. Tourism is the first step to showing others what a wonderful place Michigan is to live or visit, and can also be a substantial revenue for those already residing in Michigan! The Pure Michigan campaign is on the right track, but the campaign’s focus is too broad. In my opinion, if the campaign’s focus were narrowed to the main attractions and festivals which bring the majority of tourists, smaller attractions would be discovered. Secondly, the general appearance of Michigan needs to be improved. Unfortunately, in times of recession, once heavily populated metropolitan and suburban areas are now abandoned. Reducing empty factories, homes, and buildings in these areas to create a more condensed and appropriate area of living would not only improve appearance, but save money as well!

The second area I believe we should really focus on is empowering our people and businesses. Many people in Michigan believe the government has too many restrictions. With high fees on successful businesses and building taxes, people don’t want to start a business in Michigan! They would just as soon begin their business in a state with less restrictions and a more encouraging business atmosphere. By reducing taxes and fees, businesses and people alike would begin to view Michigan as a more optimistic place to start their business. We need to implement a tax structure which encourages and stabilizes business growth. Another problem is unnecessary taxing of the people. Tourists who come to Michigan to boat or snowmobile find that there are usually large fees that accommodate those activities. This in turn discourages most tourists from being interested in moving or returning to Michigan. Some of the regulations on our citizens have also become a large issue. Yearly owners inspections are tedious. You must even pay a garage sale fee! We are taxing the very things that attract people to Michigan, and in turn, losing out on business and opportunity! We need to lower regulations and fees on the attractions that draw people to Michigan. We need to make the people of Michigan feel empowered again that Michigan can come out of this recession stronger and renewed. We need to re-ignite the drive in the citizens of Michigan to succeed and work together with the government and each other to rebuild our state!

Sen. Pavlov sworn in as senator for 25th District

LANSING — State Sen. Phil Pavlov, R-St. Clair Township, took part in today’s swearing-in at the state Capitol with Michigan Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert P. Young, Jr. administering the oath of office.

“My colleagues and I have important work ahead of us,” Pavlov said. “The communities in my district and our entire state are great places to live, and I’m ready to continue the hard work of getting Michigan back on the right track.”

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville welcomed the new group of legislators. The Michigan Senate is comprised of 26 Republicans and 12 Democrats. State senators are elected to serve a four-year term.

“I’m proud to have Senator Pavlov as a colleague in the Senate,” said Richardville, R-Monroe. “He brings experience and a tremendous work ethic to the job, and I look forward to working with him in the coming legislative session.”

Pavlov will serve as assistant majority floor leader of the Senate, chair the Senate Education Committee and serve as vice chair of the Senate Natural Resources, Environment and Great Lakes Committee. The lawmaker will also serve as a member on the Senate Regulatory Reform and Senate Transportation committees.

“The quality of education in our state is important to all of us, whether we’re students, parents, neighbors or employers,” said Pavlov. “I look forward to chairing this vital committee and working to ensure that every Michigan child has the education needed to succeed.”

While in the state House, Pavlov served on the House Education Committee, and was vice chair of the House Great Lakes and the Environment Committee.

Pavlov will represent the 25th Senate District, which includes Lapeer and St. Clair counties.