Gov. Snyder highlights job creation, Flint water crisis in 7th State of the State address
LANSING, Mich. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - Governor Rick Snyder laid out his plans for our state's future in his 7th state of the state address on Tuesday night.
Governor Snyder highlighted the 500,000 private sector jobs that have been created under his watch, and he talked about the programs in place now to create even more, and keep people from leaving Michigan for work.
"It's up to us to create more and better jobs, and build an even better Michigan for our kids. How do we do that. I'm going to start with good government," the governor said.
Infrastructure was also a hot topic.
Snyder addressed the Flint water crisis for the second year in his speech, talking about the efforts to replace pipes across the state.
And when it comes to roads, Snyder says Michigan is at risk for unstable infrastructure. He's calling for billions of more dollars to go towards road and bridge repairs.
Democrats tell us they think the speech fell short of really reaching Michiganders and what they need.
"The governor's speech was pleasant, but it felt soft; it was a lot of statistics, but I think the bottom line was voters are thinking about, do I have more money in my bank account at the end of the day. Do I have a job that really values me, and I felt like the speech was missing that emphasis," said Rep. Jon Hoadley (D-Kalamazoo).
We also spoke with republicans who say they enjoyed the positive message behind the governor's speech.
"I thought there was such a different tone than last year. It was very positive, very optimistic. You heard the governor talk about all the great opportunities we have ahead of us in Michigan, as well as all the great things that have happened. In particular in Kalamazoo, he highlighted the Newell-Rubbermaid project, which was absolutely fantastic," said Rep. Brandt Iden (R-Portage).
The governor also says Michigan is winning the race for mobility, which is positioning the state to be an industry leader in driverless technology.
He also talked about working with the federal government to upgrade and add a second lock to the Soo Locks, to improve security and add more jobs.
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