LANSING (WKZO) -- Governor Rick Snyder spent a lot of time talking about what they had done, and not a lot about what they plan to do, but there was some meat on the bones when he gave his 2014 State of the State address Thursday night.
Snyder says the state has enjoyed three years of faster recovery than any other state and says they will need to continue to be dilligent to make sure that comeback status continues into the future.
Snyder announced he will be signing an executive order to make Michigan more welcoming to immigrants, especially those with special skills and talents, noting that Meijer, Dow Chemical and MASCO were all firms started by immigrants.
He also proposed making Michigan a “no wait state” for Pre-School and for services for the aging designed to keep them in their own homes, like meals on wheels.
He also urged the legislature to pass a resolution telling federal lawmakers to approve a balanced budget amendment, saying the state does it, and families do it, why not the federal government?
As for the big topic, what to do with the budget surplus, he saved that for last and included a long list of priorities on the list of things he would like to do with the money.
We will apparently have to wait until his budget proposal to see specifics.
Former Congressman Mark Schauer, the man Democrats have all but chosen to take on Rick Snyder this fall was not impressed with his State of the State address, saying it’s pretty clear that the Governor has no idea what Michigan families talk about when they gather around the kitchen table.
Schauer says his proposals to make Michigan a no-wait state for pre-school and at home services for the aging will be more than paid for by the money he has extracted from public schools and thru the pension tax.
Schauer says Michigan still has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation, and last week it had the largest number of people applying for unemployment.
Schauer says Snyder promised jobs and he hasn’t delivered.
In case you were wondering who the Governor was referring to when he called for a greater degree of civility in State Politics at the start of his State of the State address last night, apparently it was Michigan National Committeeman Dave Agema.
Comments by Agema about gays and Muslims that even some in the GOP have called discriminatory have prompted calls for Agema’s resignation.