state of the state 2012 http://michiganradio.org en What words has Gov. Snyder used most in his State of the State addresses? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-words-has-gov-snyder-used-most-his-state-state-addresses <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Tonight, </span>Gov<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. Rick Snyder will deliver his fourth State of the State address.</span></p><p>Michigan’s leaders are already spelling out what issues they hope to see the governor address in this year's annual speech: <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/week-michigan-politics-49">road funding</a>, <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2014/01/state_of_the_state_wish_list_s.html">higher education, LGBT discrimination and tax cuts</a>, to name a few.</p><p>We thought we’d take a look at what Snyder has said in his past talks, and how his speeches have changed during his past three years in office.</p><p><strong>Snyder’s <a href="http://www.wxyz.com/dpp/news/political/governor-rick-snyder-to-deliver-first-state-of-the-state-wednesday">2011 State of the State address</a>:</strong></p><p> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 17:10:36 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16035 at http://michiganradio.org What words has Gov. Snyder used most in his State of the State addresses? Stateside: The possible return on investment for early childhood education http://michiganradio.org/post/stateside-possible-return-investment-early-childhood-education <p><em>The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above. </em></p><p>Governor Snyder announced his plan to increase funding for early childhood education during last week’s State of the State.</p><p>Michigan Radio’s Jennifer Guerra and Dustin Dwyer are researching education in Michigan through the State of Opportunity project.</p><p>They spoke with Cyndy today about the benefits of early childhood education.</p><p>According to Guerra, there were waves of both skepticism and excitement after Gov. Snyder talked about early childhood education in his State of the State address. Wed, 23 Jan 2013 21:43:29 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 10904 at http://michiganradio.org Stateside: The possible return on investment for early childhood education UAW to protest at Snyder's State of State speech http://michiganradio.org/post/uaw-protest-snyders-state-state-speech <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The United Auto Workers and other labor unions are calling on members to protest before and during Gov. Rick Snyder's third State of the State address in Lansing.<br><br>The Republican governor's speech is scheduled for Wednesday evening in the state Capitol.<br><br>The UAW and other unions are planning to be outside to protest GOP policies they say are hurting the middle class. They're especially upset about a new law ending requirements that workers pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.<br> Sun, 13 Jan 2013 12:41:06 +0000 The Associated Press 10742 at http://michiganradio.org UAW to protest at Snyder's State of State speech Michigan's governor had mixed results with last State of State http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-had-mixed-results-last-state-state <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder heads into next week's State of the State address with some unfinished business.<br><br>Some of the big proposals he gave in last year's speech stalled in the Republican-led Legislature.<br><br>His new address could be less of a long list of new policy proposals and more of a call to revisit items like raising $1.4 billion more for road maintenance.<br><br>Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are reluctant to raise the state gas tax or vehicle registration fees.<br> Sat, 12 Jan 2013 21:50:00 +0000 The Associated Press 10738 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's governor had mixed results with last State of State State of the State in an election year http://michiganradio.org/post/state-state-election-year <p>Gov. Rick Snyder gave his second state of the address this week.</p><p>To take a closer look at how Gov. Snyder and the legislature might move forward this election year is Ken Sikkema former senate majority leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants and Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 21:34:53 +0000 Jennifer White & Mercedes Mejia 5885 at http://michiganradio.org State of the State in an election year Grilling the governor: Snyder faces tough questions during online town hall http://michiganradio.org/post/grilling-governor-snyder-faces-tough-questions-during-online-town-hall <p>Wednesday evening, Michigan&#39;s Governor Rick Snyder hosted an online town hall meeting, soliciting questions via email and social networking sites while responding through a streaming video feed on his Facebook profile.</p><p>Just prior to the event,<a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/thousands-questions-submitted-michigan-governor-snyders-online-town-hall">&nbsp;there were over 3,500 questions </a>submitted, including:</p> Fri, 20 Jan 2012 20:27:32 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 5881 at http://michiganradio.org Grilling the governor: Snyder faces tough questions during online town hall Thousands of questions submitted for Michigan Governor Snyder's online town hall http://michiganradio.org/post/thousands-questions-submitted-michigan-governor-snyders-online-town-hall <p>Governor Rick Snyder is in for a long night if he plans on answering ALL of the questions submitted for his &quot;online town hall&quot; tonight.</p><p>More than 3,500 have been submitted, according to Snyder&#39;s staff.</p><p>He&#39;s a sampling of some of the questions that have been posted recently:</p><ul><li>Hamtramck is charging Officer $900 a month for healthcare permitted under Act 152. Was this your intent?</li><li>Will you please make high-speed commuter rail between Ann Arbor and Detroit a priority?</li><li>You say Michigan has a surplus so why are so many people still losing their jobs? And why is Detroit in debt?</li><li>Why did college students lose food assistance, including the disabled taking online classes? Inhuman to me.</li><li>How do you feel about the potential legalization of marijuana? This could create potential jobs.</li></ul><p>More on the 6 p.m. online town hall from the Associated Press:</p><blockquote><p>Thousands of Michigan residents have sent in questions for Gov. Rick Snyder as he prepares for his first online town hall.</p><p>The Republican governor has scheduled an online discussion on his Facebook page beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday.</p><p>Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel says more than 3,500 questions have been posted on Facebook and Twitter and on the state website. Questions also can be called in during the town hall.</p><p>The governor says he wants to discuss the initiatives he talked about in Tuesday&#39;s State of the State address. Besides the 45-minute online town hall, he&#39;s also participating in a televised town hall Friday afternoon at Detroit Public Television studios in Wixom.</p><p>Snyder has held more than 100 town hall meetings since he began running for governor in 2009.</p></blockquote><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 22:00:55 +0000 Mark Brush 5865 at http://michiganradio.org Thousands of questions submitted for Michigan Governor Snyder's online town hall What next for Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/what-next-michigan <p><font color="#000000" face="Arial" id="role_document" size="2"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4"><font size="4">Governor Snyder&rsquo;s state of the state speech last night didn&rsquo;t provoke the kind of excitement it did a year ago.</font></font></font></font></font></p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 16:58:14 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 5858 at http://michiganradio.org What next for Michigan? Environment nearly absent in State of the State http://michiganradio.org/post/environment-nearly-absent-state-state <p>http://environmentreport.org/podcasts/2012/MPMGLRC_ENVRPT_20120119_01.mp3</p><p><strong><em>(We are having problems with the &quot;audio processing&quot; file above. Please use the second link.)</em></strong></p><p>In his second State of the State address, Governor Rick Snyder did not spend a lot of time talking about the environment. But he did say that agriculture, tourism, mining and the timber industry are key to the state&rsquo;s future.</p><p>He also talked about his push to overhaul the state&rsquo;s regulatory system.</p><p>&ldquo;So far we&rsquo;ve rescinded nearly 400 obsolete, confusing and burdensome regulations.&rdquo;</p><p>Now... those 400 regulations are not all environmental. But Governor Snyder did call out one set of rules that was on the books.</p><p>&ldquo;The Department of Environmental Quality has 28 separate requirements for outhouses, including a requirement that the seat not be left up.&rdquo;</p><p>The governor got big laughs - it was the best punch line of the evening. But of course, there&rsquo;s a serious undertone to the Governor&rsquo;s plans for overhauling the way the state regulates businesses.</p><p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 15:04:18 +0000 Rebecca Williams 5855 at http://michiganradio.org Environment nearly absent in State of the State Snyder's address: What the pundits are saying http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-address-what-pundits-are-saying <p>As we&#39;ve been reporting, <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> delivered his <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-state-state-focuses-unfinished-tasks">second State of the State address</a> last night. Here&#39;s a roundup of what various political reporters and pundits are saying about the speech this morning:</p><ul><li><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120119/NEWS06/201190558/Tom-Walsh-Snyder-s-a-little-short-on-specifics-to-solve-state-s-problems?odyssey=tab|topnews|text|FRONTPAGE">Tom Walsh: Snyder&#39;s a little short on specifics to solve state&#39;s problems</a>, <em>Detroit Free Press</em></li><li><a href="http://www.freep.com/article/20120119/NEWS06/201190554">Rochelle Riley: Improving education has to be Snyder&#39;s Job One</a>, <em>Detroit Free Press</em></li><li><a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20120119/OPINION01/201190362/">Editorial: Snyder sets right tone for 2012</a>, <em>The Detroit News</em></li><li><em><a href="http://www.mlive.com/news/kalamazoo/index.ssf/2012/01/southwest_michigan_republicans.html">Southwest Michigan Republicans pleased with Gov. Rick Snyder&#39;s State of the State address, Democrats want more details</a>, The Kalamazoo Gazette</em></li><li><a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/gov_rick_snyder_state_of_the_s.html">Gov. Rick Snyder: Crime, obesity statistics unacceptable, but state can build on education, tax reforms</a>, <em>The Grand Rapids Press</em></li><li><a href="http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/article/20120119/NEWS01/201190321/Some-Gov-Snyder-s-2012-proposals-face-tough-tests">Some of Gov. Snyder&#39;s 2012 proposals face tough tests</a><em>, The Associated Press</em></li><li><a href="http://Snyder's second State of the State address: Nothing 'sexy,' few details, practical prescription">Snyder&#39;s second State of the State address: Nothing &#39;sexy,&#39; few details, practical prescription</a>, <em>Crain&#39;s Detroit Business</em></li></ul><p>And, over at<a href="http://annarbor.com/news/images-from-gov-rick-snyders-state-of-the-state-address/"> annarbor.com</a>, they&#39;ve posted some photos from the address. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 12:17:46 +0000 Zoe Clark 5853 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder's address: What the pundits are saying Democrats not impressed with Snyder's address http://michiganradio.org/post/democrats-not-impressed-snyders-address <p>Governor Rick Snyder said in his State of the State speech last night that he wants to make sure all kids in Michigan who graduate from high school are ready for college or advanced job training.</p><p>Democratic state lawmakers say the policies the governor has supported so far have hurt that goal.</p><p>The governor says he thinks a handful of education proposals that stalled last year would strengthen the state&rsquo;s education system. He says he would like to see those measures approved this year; including more online learning, and better funding for early childhood education.</p><p>Senate Minority Leader Gretchen Whitmer says she was not impressed. &ldquo;He spent 48 minutes talking about last year. We know what happened last year; they picked corporations over kids every time. What we need is a bold vision,&quot; Whitmer says.</p><p>Whitmer says it was a mistake last year to cut school and university funding. She wishes the governor would have acknowledged a Democratic proposal to ensure all kids who graduate from high school in Michigan receive tuition grants from the state. Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:41:18 +0000 Laura Weber 5852 at http://michiganradio.org Democrats not impressed with Snyder's address Snyder's State of the State focuses on unfinished tasks http://michiganradio.org/post/snyders-state-state-focuses-unfinished-tasks <p>Governor Rick Snyder used his 2012 State of the State speech last night to strike an optimistic tone about Michigan&rsquo;s future, and to refocus attention on what he says is unfinished business from last year.</p><p>In his second State of the State address, Governor Snyder got to start off with some good news &ndash; Michigan&rsquo;s unemployment rate fell in the final month of 2011 to the lowest it&rsquo;s been in over three years.</p><p>&ldquo;Unemployment in the last 12 months has dropped from 11.1 percent to 9.3percent,&quot; the Governor said to applause.</p><p>And Snyder says that&rsquo;s evidence his strategy of &ldquo;relentless positive action&rdquo; &ndash; he used his trademark phrase twice in the speech &ndash; is working.</p><p>Now a fair amount of that drop is because so many people have quit looking for jobs that they&rsquo;ve dropped out of the workforce. Adding those people, as well as those who are working part-time but wishing for full-time jobs puts Michigan&rsquo;s rate of unemployment and under-employment closer to 19 percent.</p><p>But, despite lingering challenges, the governor says things are moving in the right direction: Michigan&rsquo;s finances are looking up, and he says 2012 should be a time to build on the successes of 2011.</p><p>&ldquo;We are on that path. We&rsquo;re getting it right. We are getting it done.&rdquo; Thu, 19 Jan 2012 11:19:34 +0000 Rick Pluta 5851 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder's State of the State focuses on unfinished tasks LISTEN: 2012 State of State address http://michiganradio.org/post/listen-2012-state-state-address <p>&nbsp;</p><p>From the Associated Press:</p><p>An upbeat Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan now is adding jobs and living within its means and is poised for an even better year ahead if lawmakers approve new projects boosting the economy such as a bridge linking Detroit and Canada.</p><p>Snyder made the comments during his second State of the State address Wednesday at the Capitol.</p> Thu, 19 Jan 2012 01:39:06 +0000 The Associated Press & Michigan Radio Newsroom 5850 at http://michiganradio.org LISTEN: 2012 State of State address Michigan Governor Snyder previews his State of the State speech on YouTube http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-snyder-previews-his-state-state-speech-youtube <p>Get those &quot;RPA&quot; numbers up!</p><p>The Michigan Governor who loves to tout &quot;<em>relentless positive action</em>&quot; as a descriptor for his form of governing has turned to YouTube to give us a preview of his second State of the State address tonight.</p><p>In an upbeat tone, Governor Snyder says his speech will be an &quot;honest assessment about how Michigan is doing. And the good part is we&#39;re doing well. We are reinventing our state. We&#39;re making a major comeback.&quot;</p><p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ECZa6h5KXe8&amp;feature=youtu.be</p><p>In 2012, Snyder says his focus will be about implementing good government, &quot;what you deserve is to have a good government that&#39;s implemented well... I&#39;m truly excited and we&#39;re going to keep moving forward with relentless positive action.&quot; Wed, 18 Jan 2012 20:22:58 +0000 Mark Brush 5842 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Governor Snyder previews his State of the State speech on YouTube The State of the State... in Laingsburg, Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/state-state-laingsburg-michigan <p>Michigan&rsquo;s <a href="http://www.michigan.gov/snyder">Governor Rick Snyder</a> gives his second State of the State address tonight.&nbsp; He&rsquo;s already signed more than 300 public acts.&nbsp; That&rsquo;s a new law for almost every day in office.</p><p>Over the next few weeks, Changing Gears is looking at how changes in state government are impacting lives and wallets across the region. Here in Michigan, people are riveted by some of Snyder&rsquo;s big ticket changes, like giving <a href="post/7-things-know-about-michigans-emergency-manager-law">emergency managers</a> the power to strip control from elected officials in failing cities and school districts.</p><p>But this story is different.&nbsp; It&rsquo;s about one Mid-Michigan town and all the small, drowned-out changes that deeply affect people&rsquo;s lives.&nbsp; People like Janae Jodway. Wed, 18 Jan 2012 15:02:53 +0000 Kate Davidson 5836 at http://michiganradio.org The State of the State... in Laingsburg, Michigan Snyder prepares State of the State delivery http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-state-state-delivery <p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Governor Snyder</a> is <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-second-state-state-address">preparing to deliver his second State of the State address</a> tonight. Snyder will deliver the address from the House floor at the Capitol building in Lansing and preparations for the evening are already underway, the Grand Rapids Press <a href="http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2012/01/state_of_the_state_pomp_circum.html">reports</a>:</p><blockquote><p>Crews already are working to reconfigure the House floor, which is the largest room in the Capitol and normally serves as the workplace for 110 state representatives and some staff members.</p><p>For the speech, representatives are allowed to bring a guest &ndash; typically a relative or community leader &ndash; and are joined by the members of the state Senate, the Supreme Court and department heads. Once you add 100 members of the media, the crowd comes to about 600. It fills the chamber&rsquo;s floor, gallery and two adjoining rooms, said Ari Adler, spokesman for House Speaker Jase Bolger, R-Marshall. &ldquo;It&rsquo;s not for the claustrophobic,&rdquo; he said.</p><p>The representatives&rsquo; desks don&rsquo;t move easily, tethered electronically for voting and communications, so workers are expected to spend much of the day removing other furniture and bringing in chairs to accommodate guests and dignitaries.</p></blockquote><p>And, what should we expect to hear from the Governor? Rick Pluta <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-second-state-state-address">reported </a>from Lansing earlier this week that the Governor says he will use this year&#39;s address to report back to the Legislature and the citizens of Michigan on the <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-state-2011">state&rsquo;s progress over the past year</a>. &quot;The governor promises the speech will be a frank assessment of where his goal of &lsquo;reinventing Michigan&rsquo; stands. The governor says people can expect fewer new initiatives for the Legislature to tackle this year in his second <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-state-2011">State of the State</a> address. He says more of the focus will be on how he intends to manage the executive branch of state government,&quot; Pluta explains.</p><p><em>Michigan Radio will have live, special coverage of the address, including analysis of the speech and a Democratic response, beginning tonight at 7 p.m.</em> Wed, 18 Jan 2012 11:33:57 +0000 Zoe Clark 5833 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder prepares State of the State delivery Snyder prepares for second State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-prepares-second-state-state-address <p>Governor <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder">Rick Snyder</a> will outline his plans for 2012 later this week when he delivers his second <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/state-state-2011">State of the State </a>address.</p><p><a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/state-state">Last year</a>, Governor Snyder won legislative approval of a lot of new initiatives &ndash; a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/snyder-tax-overhaul-victory-caps-months-negotiations">tax overhaul</a>; toughening the state&rsquo;s local <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/emegency-manager">emergency manager law</a>; and <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/price-tag">ending the requirement</a> that stores put a price tag on every retail item.</p><p>Other efforts, such as a <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/nitc">new international bridge</a> in Detroit, stalled in the face of Republican opposition.</p><p>The governor says his State of the State speech will be a frank accounting of his first year, but will also reflect his optimistic approach to governing.</p><p>The former CEO intends to focus more this year on implementing policies and his plans for managing the executive branch than putting new initiatives before the Legislature.</p><p>The governor says he will continue to push to make Michigan more business-friendly.</p><p><em>Michigan Radio will have live, special coverage of the Governor&#39;s second State of the State address beginning Wednesday evening at 7 p.m.</em> Mon, 16 Jan 2012 11:43:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 5794 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder prepares for second State of the State address Legislative priorities in 2012 & the State of the State address http://michiganradio.org/post/legislative-priorities-2012-state-state-address <p>The Michigan Legislature began the new session this week, and with Gov. Rick Snyder scheduled to deliver his second State of the State address, the agenda for state government is underway.</p><p>Michigan Radio&#39;s Jennifer White asks, what kind of relationship might we see between the Governor and the legislature this year?</p><p>She spoke with Susan Demas, political analyst for Michigan Information and Research Service, and Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants.</p><p>&nbsp;</p> Thu, 12 Jan 2012 21:19:17 +0000 Mercedes Mejia & Jennifer White 5768 at http://michiganradio.org Legislative priorities in 2012 & the State of the State address