Tonight, Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his fourth State of the State address.
Michigan’s leaders are already spelling out what issues they hope to see the governor address in this year's annual speech: road funding, higher education, LGBT discrimination and tax cuts, to name a few.
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.
Snyder’s 2011 State of the State address:
In the governor's first State of the State, "economic" makes its biggest appearance in all three years of his addresses, with 24 economic name drops. Detroit is also most frequently used in his 2011 speech.
Snyder’s 2012 State of the State address:
While Gov. Snyder's office only has an outline of the 2012 speech available on their website, his outline seems to hint to a whole lot of government talk, with six mentions of "govern" and seven "systems" included in Snyder's notes. Michigan tops the list that year, with 18 shout outs to the Great Lakes State.
Snyder’s 2013 State of the State address:
2013 was the year of the verb. And "year," apparently.
In last year's address, Gov. Snyder said "go" and "work" more than 60 times each. "Year" also made it in the top three words of 2013, with 62 mentions.
Our favorite part of 2013's word cloud?
The doge-esque "very school" in the bottom right-hand corner.
Check back in with us after tomorrow's speech to see which words Snyder used most in his 2014 address.
- Melanie Kruvelis, Michigan Radio Newsroom