Snyder touts accomplishments; talks immigration and road repairs in State of the State

NBC25 File

Governor Snyder delivered his fourth state of the state address Thursday night. The Republican mentioned some repeat topics like roads but also some new topics like immigration and tax cuts.

â??The last decade was a bad decade. 2011 we started relentless positive action to reinvent Michigan. We've become the comeback state,â?? says Snyder before a joint session of the state legislature.

Snyder started off with a list of accomplishments, citing a drop in crime and an increase in job creation--using buzzwords like reinvention

â??Iâ??m proud to report tonight. We're getting that job done,â?? says Snyder. â??We are reinventing Michigan.â??

But Democrats are pushing back, saying Snyder canâ??t take all the credit.

â??I think it's more of the same,â?? says Lon Johnson, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party. â??More of protection for the wealthy and connected,â?? he adds.

The Vehicle City receiving the first of the governor's many shout outs. Touting job creation, he introduced the owners of St. Lukeâ??s Ministries from Flintâ??s north side.

â??This is a story that happened up in Flint. It's a story of two entrepreneurs that came together to say, let's create a business,â?? says Snyder.

But putting Flint on the pedestal isnâ??t enough for state office hopefuls.

â??We have to thank the sisters for doing that and Diplomat Pharmacy but again unemployment is going down,â?? says Omar Sims, a Genesee County commissioner. â??There's more work to be done,â?? he adds.

Snyder tackling road repairsâ??a repeat of last yearâ??s State of the State after a proposed fee for drivers failed.

â??We had some bridge and road repairs in the 51st district, yes but we're going to do more. That's just the beginning,â?? says Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township).

Other big mentions---the creation of a new state office for immigration, a push for year round classes for struggling schools and what to do with the state's budget surplus.

â??There is some talk of tax relief and Iâ??d be willing to listen to that but i think it should be a combination of things,â?? says Rep. Charles Brunner (D-Bay City).

While politicians stick to their side of the aisle, everyone agrees, thereâ??s more work to be done.