Governor Rick Snyder Inaugurated

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

On the first day of a new decade, Governor Rick Snyder held fast to his campaign slogan. The governor says to reinvent Michigan, we must innovate, challenge the status quo, and welcome high expectations.

"The old unbelievable needs to become the new achievable," the governor said.

He says keeping our young people in the state is key.

"We must create more and better opportunities and jobs for the under-employed and the structrually unemployed," he said.

Michigan has been shrinking relative to the rest of the country, so much that in 2012 we lose yet another seat in the U.S. House of Representatives. The state's also gotten poorer, with people making less money than they did just a decade ago. But Governor Snyder says we can leave all that behind.

"We need to move from negative to positive. We need to stop looking in the rearview mirror and look towards the future! We need to stop being divisive and become inclusive," he said.

That's a message Representative Joan Bauer -- a democrat -- liked hearing.

"I''m optimistic that working together we can continue moving forward," she said.

Not to say they won't try to work together, but state republicans - now controlling the governor's seat, Supreme Court, and both houses of the legislature - won't have to depend on that bipartisanship to pass bills.

"Sometimes the House leadership and the Senate leadership didn't work well together, so this will make it so much easier," said Sen. Rick Jones.

What won't be easy is addressing the state's $1.8 billion deficit. Governor Snyder alluded to cuts down the road.

"When we make changes like this we are faced with the realization that many of us will have to take a step back in the short term to move us all forward together in the long term," he said.

Republicans maintain the solution won't involve tax increases but Bauer's not so sure.

"If we don't get some new revenue, the cuts will be so severe, whether it be infrasturcutre, roads, education, that it's going to hurt our long term recovery," Bauer said.

The governor says for michigan to recover, its citizens will have to work together.


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