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Gov. Snyder: Relentless Positive Action Will Keep Michigan on Upward Path

As Rick Snyder nears the end of his term as Michigan’s 48th governor, he took Michigan’s Center Stage for the final time to deliver a keynote address on his vision for the state’s prosperity to close out the 2018 Mackinac Policy Conference. Snyder was welcomed to the stage with a standing ovation in a session sponsored by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan.

Leading Conference attendees through a list of the state’s accomplishments since he took office, Snyder said when he was first elected, he was handed a report that forecasted Michigan on the fast track to become dead last in key economic areas if it continued its trajectory.

“The question I asked myself was, ‘What do you do?’ It wasn’t about fixing Michigan, it was about reinventing Michigan and to do it with relentless positive action,” Snyder said.

Since then, the state has created more than 540,000 private sector jobs, ranking it No. 1 in the Great Lakes region and sixth in the nation for per capita income growth. Michigan is also No. 1 in the nation for manufacturing job creation and No. 1 for net inbound bachelor’s degrees among the Great Lakes region after being at the bottom for decades. Detroit, once the most economically challenged urban area, is also now known as “the comeback city.”

“We’ve gotten a lot done,” Snyder said. “I’ve called this the comeback state for years. We still have a lot of work to do, but the progress has been tremendous. We are no longer the comeback state, we are back.”

Now the question remains, where does Michigan go from here, the Governor said, referencing the upcoming gubernatorial election in November.

“We need to ask five important questions to the potential candidates and make sure they are answering them with a focus on long-term growth and not just a quick fix,” he said.

The five questions are:

Where is the economy going?

“We are very fortunate. Mobility is a key pillar in our state and we are the world’s leader in the field today. We need to maintain that leadership to continue grow and maintain where we are currently. We need to help others be better while we are working to better ourselves; we have to lead this new economy,” Snyder said.

Talent

“We have a competitive economic advantage, but we need to select someone who will build on the talent network,” Snyder said.

Infrastructure

“We underinvested for decades. It’s not a light switch that changes over night. We are working to invest smarter and need to continue to be vigilant. It’s not about how much you invest but how you invest,” Snyder said.

Fiscal Responsibility

“We should be looking ahead 40 to 50 years to help the people who haven’t been born yet and ask why we want to spend money. Is it a sound investment? Does it have a good return? We’re just like a family, we need to be responsible for more than ourselves,” Snyder said.

Civility

“The greatest threat is not North Korea or Iran, our greatest threat is ourselves. We cannot be the greatest country if we cannot get along with ourselves,” Snyder said. “Continue to look ahead and work toward a consistent solid path. Let’s keep making Michigan better.”