Last night Michigan Governor Rick Snyder delivered his first State of the State address.
In addition to repealing “the job-killing Michigan Business Tax” and replacing it with a 6% corporate income tax, other highlights of the speech included $25 million for Pure Michigan, more attention to our state’s agricultural industry, a new Office of Urban Initiatives to address issues in Detroit, Grand Rapids, the Flint-Saginaw corridor and other cities and support of the proposed publicly owned Detroit River International Crossing bridge over the St Clair River in Detroit. Something that we at Absolute Michigan found particularly heartening was Snyder’s support for Michigan’s natural resources and the Great Lakes when he stated:
I urge the prompt passage of a capital outlay bill that implements the recommendations of the Natural Resources Trust Fund. From the greatness of the land and the resourcefulness of the citizens of the Upper Peninsula to the unquestioned beauty and economic engine of the Great Lakes, natural resources and recreation have always been among our strongest areas. The Fund’s board of trustees has recommended 117 recreation and land acquisition projects totaling $100 million.
These projects will positively impact every corner of our state, from Iron County in the Upper Peninsula, to Traverse City , to Luna Pier in Monroe County . Also included is a significant expansion of the William G. Milliken Park on the Detroit riverfront.
He unveiled the Michigan Dashboard, a series of measurements that chart progress in meeting objectives that impact economic growth, education, public health and safety, value for taxpayer dollars in government, and overall quality of life.
“The State of the State will from now on be a report card of where we are as a state,” Snyder said. “It will be a realistic assessment of where we are improving, where we are not improving and what we need to do to move forward.”
You can read the complete transcript in the Freep and until we have the YouTube of the address, here’s a WOOD-TV report on the highlights.