The Associated Press has learned that Gov.-elect Rick Snyder will give his inaugural speech on the Capitol steps Jan. 1, rather than move indoors after the swearing-in as Gov. Jennifer Granholm did.
Linda Gobler is overseeing much of the planning for Snyder's inauguration. She told The Associated Press on Monday that the governor-elect wants to follow tradition by giving his inaugural speech from the Capitol steps.
Granholm and other officials were sworn in on the steps in her 2003 and 2007 inaugurations, but the ceremonies were then moved to the warmth of the Lansing Center.
Gobler says the Republican governor-elect also is likely to skip holding the traditional inaugural balls, although she says there will be a celebration. She says Snyder doesn't want to waste a week on parties.