State of the State Draws Mixed Reaction

By: Fay Li Email
By: Fay Li Email

The governor's address pointed to achievements in the past and Republican lawmakers agreed that Michigan's economy is growing and the state is moving in the right direction.

"Unemployment is down nearly 5% and there's 170,000 more Michiganders working now," said Rep. Tom Leonard, R-Dewitt Township.

However, Democrats say many families are still struggling and they argue that the governor shouldn't take credit for the growing auto industry.

"Modest job growth our state has seen focused in the automotive industry. It's due entirely to the federal assistance to domestic automakers and has nothing to do whatsoever with this governor's policy," said Rep. Tim Greimel, D-House Minority Leader.

Gov. Snyder also talked about many initiatives he wants to get going in 2013, starting with repairing Michigan's roads and bridges.

"Everybody can agree we have crumbling infrastructure here in the State of Michigan," said Rep. Leoanrd.

"I think our infrastructure is crucial. We've been leaving that aside for too many years," said Rep. Theresa Abed, D-Grand Ledge.

Lawmakers on both sides agree roads need improvements, but say it's too early to tell how they'd pay for it. One Republican senator already struck down the governor's suggestion of raising user fees.

"I would prefer to put something on the ballot and let the people decide," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge.

There's an overall sentiment the state has made important strides with still with a long way to go.


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  • by REN Location: Lansing on Jan 19, 2013 at 08:17 AM
    Hey Gov. Make a commitment to use only LEGITIMATE Michigan (local whenever possible) companies to rebuild our roads and bridges. I am tired of seeing out of state or out of town contractors working while WE, Michigan and Lansing residents can’t find work. In Lansing, the McCane/Bernaro ongoing sewer separation cluster**** and last summer’s Saginaw Street bridge over the Grand River comes to mind. I don't think anyone was local.
  • by Steve Location: Dewitt on Jan 17, 2013 at 10:51 AM
    "I would prefer to put something on the ballot and let the people decide," said Sen. Rick Jones, R-Grand Ledge. REALLY? There’s a novel thought. You mean actually let us poor saps decide how we want to proceed? Why? so after the people say no, you can once again change the wording, add an appropriation and do it anyway? Your gall never ends! BOYCOTT LOCAL BUISNESS!!!
  • by Observer Location: Grand Rapids on Jan 17, 2013 at 07:19 AM
    How much do you want to bet they'll try to connect this job growth to Right to Work legislation? Never mind that the percentage of children living in poverty went up.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 17, 2013 at 04:55 AM
    Gee the 1.2 Billion he needs. Isn't that the same number he gave businesses in tax breaks and taxed us(retires, and others)? Ask businesses for the money! Actually they got a 2.0 Billion break with the other things he got passed.
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