LANSING -- The State of the State address is usually the start of the legislative year in Lansing, but this year it will wait until she has fleshed out her plans with her proposed budget, due next week. She talked to us exclusively about it yesterday.
Granholm mentioned in her speech that recovery will be slow, but the foundation has been laid and now the work of rebuilding the state's economy can begin. She says part of that is restoring the Michigan Promise scholarship. But, she says that and anything else is going to require compromise from legislators. Granholm will present her budget proposal next week.
The men who want Jennifer Granholm’s job can’t seem to wait to take over the Governor’s Mansion. House Speaker Andy Dillon seemed to distance himself away from fellow Democrat Granholm afterwards in another sign that he may be thinking of running for Governor, saying she was light on detail. State Attorney General Mike Cox, the front-runner for the Republican nomination at this point, agreed with Granholm, that there is no “silver bullet” solution to the state’s problems.
Congressman Pete Hoekstra of Holland, who is also angling for the Governor’s Mansion, was looking for a game plan coming out of Granholm’s address that he claimed never came.
As for the other GOP hopefuls, Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard said that the speech underscores the void in leadership that’s lacking in Lansing, while Ann Arbor businessman Rick Snyder admitted that Granholm’s “new found” support for entrepreneurs is “a welcome change.”