Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

January 17, 2014

Reaction to Gov. Snyder's State of State address

“We strongly support the Governor’s ongoing call to fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges, but we grow increasingly disappointed in the total lack of concern for fixing the state’s archaic and broken municipal finance system. Unless and until the Legislature and governor stop raiding funds that by law were supposed to go to local communities for police and fire, roads and bridges, and other essential services, Michigan’s per capita income levels will continue to lag other states and the nation, and more of our cities will plummet into fiscal crisis.” — Utica Mayor and Michigan Municipal League President Jacqueline Noonan.

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“The Michigan Hispanic/Latino Commission supports Governor Snyder’s plan to create the Michigan Office for New Americans — part of a comprehensive effort to encourage immigrants to come to Michigan, stay in Michigan, create jobs in Michigan, and build a life in Michigan.” — Gilberto Guzman, chairman Hispanic/Latino Commission of Michigan.

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“It was disappointing to hear the Governor brag of a supposed budget ‘surplus’ which, in reality, is nothing more than the money the governor and the Republican-led Legislature have embezzled from our public schools, our working families and our retired seniors living on fixed incomes.”— Senate Democratic Leader Gretchen Whitmer.

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“Governor Snyder continues to lead Michigan on the path of revitalization, and I am confident this year will be even better than the last.” — Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.

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“The first thing Gov. Rick Snyder and the Michigan Legislature should do to rebuild education in Michigan is restore the cuts they made to classrooms when they took billions of dollars away from students to give tax cuts to big corporations.” — Nancy Knight, Michigan Education Association director of communications and public policy.

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“Michigan has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation. Yet Snyder’s policies continue to give away tax dollars to corporate special interests without any firm commitments for job creation. These bargains for CEOs are coming at the expense of seniors, students and workers.” — Michigan State AFL-CIO President Karla Swift.

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