The sun was shining as Rick Snyder delivered his first speech as governor. Hundreds of Michiganders and lawmakers found his words inspirational.
"I thought it was very inspiring," said Susan Stone, a Lake Orion resident.
"I think it's a new day for our stte and our country," said Paul Palpant, a resident of Adrian who voted for Snyder.
There was an energy shared by the crowd looking to the next year with hope under new leadership. Citizens and lawmakers certainly have their own expectations of the governor.
"Well, he's got to balance the budget number one." said Tom Baird, a Bay City democrat who voted for Snyder.
"It was nice but I would have liked to hear him say he was going to shorten the government. I like small government," said Jack Stone, a Lake Orion resident.
"I liked his message of we need to end the diviciveness and we need to keep our young people here," said Rep. Joan Bauer, (D) of Lansing.
"We've got to gt rid of some regulations to bring more businessesto bring more tax money in, and put more people back to work," said Rep. Kevin Daley, (R) of Lapeer County.
More than 1,500 people stood in the mud to hear the governor's plans to change Michigan. Some small business owners in the crowd wanted to hear what he can do for them.
"I also own a small business. So I'm looking forward to having business principles applied to government for a change," said Susan Stone.
Governor Snyder promised Michiganders a new future. They can't wait to hear the specifics of his ideas.