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Chamber Statements on DPS, Flint Following Governor Snyder’s State of the State

Chamber CEO Statements on State of the State Address

DETROIT, January 19, 2016 – Today, Detroit Regional Chamber CEO Sandy Baruah released the following two statements after Gov. Rick Snyder’s State of the State Address.

Sandy Baruah on education and DPS legislation:

“As goes Detroit goes Michigan – the fortunes of state and region are inexorably tied to Detroit. While amazing progress has been made through a masterfully-handled bankruptcy, Grand Bargain and private investment, the issue of quality education in Detroit remains a major challenge. We applaud Governor Snyder’s bold leadership on this issue and urge the legislature to quickly address the financial crisis, which will only grow over time, and ensure proper tools are in place to ensure a quality education for the children of Michigan’s largest city.”

Sandy Baruah on the Flint water crisis:

“The situation in Flint is important to our region and state. Clearly, the system failed the citizens of Flint with tragic results. The most important thing now is to address the problem and not get distracted with politics or blame. Much needs to be done as quickly as possible, and the Governor is clearly committed to doing the right thing and taking ownership, which is all too uncommon in today’s political world. Unfortunately, many others are engaging in a blame game that could impede additional action. The people of Flint are not helped by turning this issue into a political football.”

MICHauto statement on governor’s call for auto facility at Willow Run

DETROIT, January 19, 2016 – Today, MICHauto released the following statement following Governor Rick Snyder’s comments regarding Willow Run.

“Michigan is leading the way in the rapid development of the connected and autonomous vehicle and this will only help that effort. Willow Run will serve as a world-class resource for companies that are here, but also as a magnet to attract tech and automotive companies. This better positions Michigan to earn its share of the billions of dollars of investment expected to result from the pursuit of the driverless vehicle,” said Glenn Stevens, vice president of MICHauto, which is part of the Michigan Mobility Initiative along with Business Leaders for Michigan, Michigan Dept. of Transportation, Michigan Economic Development Corporation and the University Research Corridor.