Granholm Highlights Changes in Culture, Economy

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Gov. Jennifer Granholm says her biggest accomplishment during the past eight years was changing a culture attuned more to factory jobs rather than college degrees and diversifying the state's economy.

The Democratic governor told reporters in a year-end interview Friday that her effort to restructure the economy to rely less on building automobiles "is the thing I'm most proud of."

She says she largely kept the safety net in place to help the needy despite a 20 percent drop in state revenues.

And she says she'll be handing Gov.-elect Rick Snyder a balanced budget on Jan. 1, in part because Michigan has cut more proportionally than any other state during her tenure.

She has a good idea what she'll be doing after leaving office, but won't announce that until January.

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