LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Governor Rick Snyder will stay busy today putting the final touches on his State of the State address. This evening, he will step to the podium and layout his plan for Michigan’s future. He is expected to touch on everything from education to road funding.
The governor is expected to announce the roll out of a new reading program aimed at third graders. Experts say third grade is where students stop learning to read and start reading to learn. Numbers show 70 percent of third graders are showing signs of improvement but Snyder wants to make it 100 percent.
There are reports tonight stating the governor will call on lawmakers to merge two of Michigan’s largest state agencies. In theory the Community Health Department would combine with the Human Services Department to create the Department of Health and Human Services. No word yet on what impact this will have on Michigan’s job market.
Together both departments employ more than 1400 workers.
Remember the road funding package? The one that calls for a one percent sales tax increase? This will be a hard sell tonight because not all Republicans will be on board. It is likely the governor will have to appeal to Democrats during his speech tonight.
As for Michigan’s budget deficit we are not sure how in depth the governor will get tonight however he is expected to unveil his complete budget plan next month.
The State of the State is scheduled for tonight at 7.