State of the State: What to Expect?

By: Sherene Tagharobi Email
By: Sherene Tagharobi Email

Dan Doyle didn't vote for Governor Rick Snyder but says it won't take much to win him over.

"Most importantly I want to find out how he'll bring more jobs to the state and if he can do that he has my support," said Doyle.

The governor's office says his State of the State address will focus on job creation and the economy. President of Public Sector Consultants Peter Pratt says the speech will be positive.

"He may mention the need for sacrifice but it's going to be a much more uplifting 'we need to change the way we do things in Michigan; we need to believe in ourselves again,' that kind of tone," Pratt said.

Analysts say the governor needs to strike a delicate balance. They say he has to be uplifting and energetic yet serious about the state's $1.8 billion deficit.

"I also think he needs to lay the groundwork for at least as far as the state budget goes things are maybe going to get worse before they get better," Pratt said.

Lobbyist Bill Kandler says balancing the budget without new revenue, which snyder has promised to do, will mean cuts in places no one wants to hear about.

"Almost all the money in state gov is spent in four areas: higher ed, health care, etc. Those four areas are going to have to be cut, and it's a reality that's going to be hard for people to take," said Kandler.

"I know it's a tough job and some things have to go," said Doyle.

Pratt says the governor won't focus on cuts until he really has to.

"Where the rubber really hits the road is with the budget that's going to come out end of February, beginning of March," he said.

The argument is short term pain -- cuts -- will result in long term gain.

"The problem is the short term pain goes to the most vulnerable among us," said Kandler.


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