Governor Rick Snyder started his first week on the job by meeting with his senior staff, and plotting out the first six months of his administration. Rick Pluta sent this report from Lansing:
Governor Snyder wants to re-organize government, reform business taxes, and have a two-year budget completed by July first.
Geralyn Lasher is the governor’s communications director. She says Snyder also plans to adopt a new economic development and jobs-creation strategy that focuses on businesses that are already in Michigan.
He talks about economic gardening and keeping Michigan businesses here, helping them grow and helping them be more successful and, then, also attracting people from other states.
Lasher also says the governor has decided he will draw a public salary, but it will be less than the $159,300 he’s allowed to collect. Snyder is a retired venture capitalist who spent $6 million of his own money on his campaign for governor.