The Detroit Free Press and the Detroit News have articles on the inauguration of Governor Granholm, Lt. Governor John Cherry, Secretary of State Terri Lynn Land, Attorney General Mike Cox and others on January 1, 2007. In her speech, the Governor pledged:
From a great 20th century state will rise an even greater 21st century state. It will not look the same. It will demand different skills, knowledge, investment. We will rise to that challenge. We will reshape and enlarge our great state. I am ready and eager to lead you into the Next Michigan.
But I cannot do it alone. The leaders up here are good. But, honestly, we’re not that good. We must transform our state together. Ten million citizens, 20 million hands, each building and shaping the Next Michigan. Our most pressing purpose will be to grow a diverse economy and jobs for our people and to invest in our people so that they will have the skills to succeed.
Given our ongoing fiscal crisis, none of this will be easy. We will need to change the way we do business both inside and outside government. We ask so much of Michigan; here is what Michigan asks of us: to take our place in that unbroken line of generations that did not shrink from the test of their times. To fight for the way of life their hard work has won. Can any of us say ‘no’ when Michigan calls?