(AREA) -- During his recent State of the State Address, Governor Rick Snyder publicly called for a federal balanced budget amendment to the United States Constitution and applauded the leadership of Thumb area State Senator Mike Green on the issue. Senator Green of Mayville, introduced Senate Joint Resolution V last year to officially petition Congress to call a convention of the states to propose a federal balanced budget amendment. The measure was passed by the Michigan Senate in November and has been referred to the House. Twenty states have already approved the petition with 34 needed for it to be binding on Congress. Any amendment proposed by the convention would still have to be ratified by at least 38 states for it to take effect. The Governor recognized Green during his speech by saying, "Thank you for your hard work and I know you're going to help lead that balanced budget amendment!"
This week, Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette endorsed Green for re-election to the 31st District Michigan Senate, citing his leadership on the amendment, the state budget, agriculture, crime victims' rights and the Second Amendment. The district covers Bay, Lapeer and Tuscola counties. A former farmer, Green chairs the Senate Appropriations Subcommittees for the Departments of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Environmental Quality. His work on agriculture issues as a legislator has been recognized by the Michigan Farm Bureau, Agri-Business Association, FFA and others. He resides in Mayville with wife of 44-years, Paula. They have five adult children and twenty grandchildren.