Local Lawmakers Offer Opinions Ahead of State of the State

He looked and sounded like the governor, but he wasn't the governor. But on the morning of the State of the State address, a group called Snyderfails says a 'fake' Rick Snyder was the only one telling the truth.

Not so, says Sen. Rick Jones, who, like Gov. Snyder, calls Michigan 'The Comeback State'.

"We have companies, businesses coming in," said Sen. Jones, (R-Grand Ledge). "Manufacturing is up and jobs are up. Everything is working the way he would want it."

That's what he expects the governor to talk about, Thursday night. Republican Rep. Earl Poleski of Jackson agrees.

"Our people can plan for the next fiscal year with greater confidence," said Rep. Poleski. "Obviously, revenues are up. There will be a lot of discussion about what to do with the growing revenues of the state of Michigan."

Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer wants to hear about those revenues going back to education.

"That surplus is a surplus only because they stole $2 billion out of the School-Aid Fund," said Sen. Whitmer (D-East Lansing). "It's only a 'surplus' because they started taxing pensions in Michigan."

Rep. Andy Schor, (D-Lansing), says he's seen some good things happen this year, but adds, the governor's way of balancing the budget has been painful.

"I think our middle class has taken the brunt of that and is paying more and I think our middle class needs to be rewarded," said Rep. Schor.


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