Invisible President: State of the State, Final Words of Governor of Michigan, Rick Snyder
By, Afua Serwah Osei-Bonsu
The Governor gave a long address this evening about the progress that the state of Michigan has made. Things have changed dramatically where youth had fled in search of the creative industry which is budding in Michigan now. Some fields will require pioneers to broker in the new things and manifest original ideas for the state.
Perhaps it was a sign of the times that the Governor cited the first African-American in Michigan’s legislature’s picture going on the wall in the capitol suggested a place for African-American leader’s in the capitol as well.
Michigan was described repeatedly as “The Comeback Kid.” Unemployment is down from 10% to 4%. Gov. Snyder spoke briefly about budget balancing models and the use of taxes to shape the economy. He said, “partnerships can get results.” Gov. Snyder also spoke about private sector job creation.
Gov. Snyder in his tenure worked on the largest statewide trails for walking and cycling to make super natural areas in Michigan. Gov. Snyder cited as chief on his agenda, “quality of life.”
The Great Lakes Center for the Performing Arts is opening. There has been a five- fold expansion of arts and culture.
Campus sexual assault received 1.6 million in grant funding in an initiative to end sexual assault and make campuses safer. Investment in key areas can make for dramatic changes.
Governor Snyder spoke about 76% of auto research being done in Michigan. He also cited culture and food as a 100 billion dollar industry. Wine and hard cider are produced in Michigan in “agri tourism.”
In terms of per capita income growth Michigan’s income grew by 28% since 2010 when the governor took office to be 6th in the nation. The Governor described it like placing and extra $10,000 in everyone’s pocket.
Governor Snyder spoke passionately about a great start in readiness in preschool, and pre three reading that carries you throughout your education. He spoke about getting a head start in college and completing an early year of college while still a high school student. He spoke about skilled trades and career tech and funding for community colleges.
In the future we may all be riding in autonomous and connected vehicles. Governor Snyder also spoke about the future alliances with Canada and a new international bridge, Gordy Howe International Bridge from Michigan to Canada.
Viewers were tickled by Governor Snyder’s description of the Detroit transformation that included some of the tallest skyscrapers going up. He hopes to create role models for the whole state and country.
Governor Snyder spoke about key things on the rise in Michigan like teacher development, first robotics where there are 500 high school teams. Gov. Snyder showed off a motorized vehicle down the capitol aisle equipped for a two year old with spinal bifida.
Gov. Snyder also spoke about his pioneering of the Homestead Property Tax which created a tax refund for many in Michigan.
Gov. Snyder wore a traditional tailored navy suit, periwinkle tie and a small pin. He was uproarious at times and other times appeared to be shaking. Classic thick fluffy feathered hair sat on his head as if it were a hat and his voice has country flair.
He said less people are in prison now, about 40,000, down from 51,804. He spoke of vocational rehabilitation programs while in prison that prepare people coming out for top jobs.
Governor Snyder raised veteran’s income by 40%. He has a rainy day fund with about 900 million in it.
Michigan seems solvent, fiscally responsible, and poised for growth. Michigan is a mobility leader that started things like “MCity,” transportation research at the University of Michigan.
Next on the agenda of Gov. Snyder is a “marshall plan for talent.” Michigan plans to invest in the future of education and businesses. Gov. Snyder is looking to promote a better Michigan that is different and has team work. He intends increase his per pupil allotment. He is working on grading systems.
This year Michigan will host the Worlds Championship for Robotics. Other campaigns the Governor has been working on are clean Michigan, he spoke about improving on recycling, invasive species, and pollution in lakes and rivers and emerging contaminants on cooking surfaces.
The government is in support of the children of the future who will not inherit debt, but a thriving state. Gov. Snyder asked of Michigander’s, “how we can be great and like a family?”
Gov. Snyder said he started his administration with a 10 year plan to reinvent Michigan, and achieved it.
Michigan is a better state than it once was in 2010. Most are staying now and returning home for opportunities. Gov. Snyder said in his term he dealt with real problems that were remedied with “relentless positive action.”