Gibraltar, MI — Senator Patrick Colbeck, vice chair of the Senate Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee, chaired a hearing this week in Gibraltar to review plans to improve the accountability and performance of state government.
The hearing provided an opportunity for residents to listen to plans for government service improvement from both the Legislature and the Governor’s office, and ask questions of their legislators.
Representatives from the Governor’s office presented plans for expanding the state’s Open Michigan website and talked about the role of metrics in holding the state accountable to taxpayers. The Open Michigan website is designed to give viewers information and data on government spending and performance.
State Representative Pat Somerville (R-New Boston) also testified before the committee on SB 802, legislation introduced by Senator Colbeck (R-Canton) to increase government accountability.
"The government reforms undertaken by Governor Snyder and Senator Colbeck provide an innovative new method of interaction between Michigan’s government and residents,” Somerville said. “Both initiatives will provide easier access to spending and performance information and more accountability to taxpayers.”
Following testimony, both Somerville and Colbeck took questions from members of the audience.
“I would like to thank the members of the Reforms, Restructuring and Reinventing Committee, and especially the committee chair Senator Mark Jansen, for traveling to Gibraltar this week in order to give our residents the opportunity to attend a Senate hearing,” said Colbeck. “Good government doesn’t reside in Lansing, it resides in its interactions with our communities, neighborhoods and citizens.
“I would also like to thank all of those residents who came out to the hearing and joined in the process of improving our state government’s accountability and performance,” Colbeck concluded.
Residents can view the state’s Open Michigan website at: www.michigan.gov/openmichigan.