Local leaders, lawmakers respond to Governor Snyder’s State of the State address

LANSING, MI (WLNS) – Following Governor Snyder’s State of the State address on Tuesday, there were a variety of reactions.

Two Senate Democrats said:

State Senator Curtis Hertel, Jr. (D–East Lansing)

“We can’t be a ‘comeback state’ until we make Michigan a safe place for all people to live regardless of age, race, gender or sexual orientation. The governor must support welcoming policies that provide protections and keep people living, working, getting an education and raising families in Michigan.”

State Senator Rebekah Warren (D–Ann Arbor)

“No Michigan resident should have to live in fear: fear of weapons in what should be safe havens in public places, fear of discrimination in the workplace, fear of not being able to pay their bills, or fear that the water coming out of their taps will poison them and their children. We are committed to making Michigan a safe place to live, work and raise a family.”

The Michigan League for Public Policy said Governor Snyder needs to follow up on the plan for Flint he discussed during his State of the State address.

“Tonight the Governor outlined a plan of action to address the Flint water crisis, and now it’s up to him to roll up his sleeves, show some leadership and push the Legislature—led by his party—to get it done,” said Gilda Z. Jacobs, League president and CEO. “This man-made disaster poisoned communities and will have lifelong consequences for kids and families in Flint. We have to make sure that the policy solutions and support for these children and their families are also life-long, and guarantee that human suffering for the sake of cost-savings never, ever happens again, in any community in the state, under anyone’s watch.”

Michigan House Appropriates Chair Rep. Al Pscholka said despite progress, Michigan is not without issues.

“We are still recovering from the Lost Decade, and we’re going to have growing pains. While political detractors may attempt to leverage tragic developments against Michigan’s comeback, let’s not let this distract from the positive products of leadership that is cautious, measured, and deliberate. We are going to stick to what works: A jobs-focused, fiscally responsible gameplan that puts the success of Michigan families first and foremost.”

House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel said Governor Snyder told Michigan the state is doing well, but that’s not entirely true.

“Tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder went before Michigan citizens to tell them our state is doing well. Sadly, that’s not entirely true. Our state isn’t doing well when our own citizens are being poisoned by tap water, and when hardworking families are surviving from paycheck to paycheck because we don’t have enough good jobs in our state. We are living with the consequences of five years of Republican rule in Michigan: tainted water, stagnant wages and soaring tuitions that price too many young people out of a world-class education. It’s time to demand better. I will always fight for Michigan’s middle-class families, young people, seniors and small-business owners. It’s time that they came first, rather than wealthy corporations and their billionaire CEOs.”

The Michigan Democratic Party said Governor Rick Snyder did not make up for months of doing nothing for Flint during his State of the State address.

“A few minutes spent blaming bureaucrats does not make up for the months Governor Snyder spent doing nothing while Flint children were being poisoned,” said Brandon Dillon, Chair of the Michigan Democratic Party.

“Instead of pushing for full transparency and accountability by joining with 48 other states whose governors and legislatures are subject to FOIA, Snyder plans to offer up a few cherry-picked emails in hopes that will satisfy the calls for him to come clean about what he knew about Flint and when he knew it. Unfortunately, for Governor Snyder, the people of Michigan will not be silent until our governor and legislature are no longer allowed to operate in a shroud of secrecy that allows cover-ups to become tragedies, like what we’ve seen done to the people of Flint.”

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