LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Governor Rick Snyder Rick delivered his fourth State of the State address at the Capitol Building last night in Lansing. The Governor called for reforms to improve education in the state, including a voluntary program that would extend classes year-round, the implementation of school safety initiatives and the creation of intervention teams to assist schools and communities in financial distress. Snyder also said he will recommend tax relief for low and middle income families and announced that he will sign an Executive Order creating the Michigan Office of New Americans to attract immigrants to the state.
Both State Representative Ken Kurtz of Coldwater and State Senator Bruce Caswell of Hillsdale reacted favorably to the Governor’s speech. However, Branch County’s ex-Congressman, Mark Schauer of Battle Creek, wasn’t impressed. Schauer, the man the democrats have all but chosen to take on Snyder this fall, says Michigan still has one of the worst unemployment rates in the nation and last week it had the largest number of people applying for unemployment. Schauer says Snyder promised jobs and hasn’t delivered.