DETROIT (WWJ) – How is Michigan Governor Rick Snyder feeling about things after two months on the job? Speaking before a packed room of 300 at the Detroit Athletic Club, Snyder said he wasn’t shocked by the storm criticism surrounding his budget proposals.

“It’s not a surprise. I knew this would happen, because I knew the honeymoon would end, as it was described… Because, what happens is everyone jumps to the line about them, instead of looking at the whole package,” Snyder said.

“It’s just one of those things about continually tuning, learning to be more sensitive to these kinds of issues.  Overall it’s going well. I feel it a worthwhile experience. It’s a chance to really get out there and do things. I’m trying to make the best of a very tough situation,” he said.

Snyder said its human nature to resist change,  but we must continue efforts to reinvent Michigan and make sure the state has a successful future.

“This is what I ran on. This is what I said I was gonna do and I’m following through, and that’s the way it’s supposed to work,” Snyder said.

“People like the idea of change until they’re asked to change or be part of the process and that’s the normal response of all of us.  The issue there is we just need to keep working through that. And as we work through that process, I  believe we’ll come to the conclusion that it’s actually a good answer for all of us together for the long-term.”

When talking about training potential emergency financial managers, what’s been a controversial topic, the Governor said there are a number of schools and municipalities in “distress” and he wanted to be proactive.

Snyder said he will continue to push for his plan to re-invent Michigan, cut spending and balance the budget. 

Snyder was the featured speaker at Thursday’s Pancakes and Politics event, presented by Real Times Media with sponsorship support from WWJ Newsradio 950 and WWJ-TV.

On the topic of transportation, Snyder said   administration is doing an analysis of the potential for a high speed rail line from Chicago to Detroit, calling the idea “interesting.”  Snyder said legislation for the new bridge from Detroit into Canada will be introduced next week.

Regarding a cut in Film Tax Credits, Snyder stood behind his recommendation to limit the credits to $25 million, saying supporters of the credits should testify before the Appropriations committee.

Hear Governor Snyder’s Full Remarks:

Reporting live and local from the conference, WWJ’s Vickie Thomas was able to capture the crowd’s reaction to the Governor’s remarks saying that many in attendance gave Snyder rave reviews.

Former challenger for Lieutenant Governor, Southfield Mayor Brenda Lawrence, applauded the governors speech saying, “Today, I saw a lot more personality with him. He’s still vague on some things. I think he is very committed to his budget.”

Michigan Chronicle Publisher, Sam Logan, said Snyder held his own. “When you respect yourself, you will get respect. He was magnificent. He was better than anybody expected him to be.”

Comments (6)
  1. lifestooshorthavefun says:

    I am sorry to say that I voted for this guy. He seemed like the lesser of the two evils. He says that he is for the people, but don’t be fooled, he is about big business and only big business. He needs to understand the term “Rome wasn’t built in one day”. Too much too soon. To cut the legs out from under the film industry is wrong. The only message that sends is; this was the Democrats idea. So it can’t be good. I thought he wasn’t going to be politics as usual. He is applying the same old polarizing tactics as the rest of our sorry lot of politicians. If I hear the term “Kick the can down the road”, one more time, my head is going to explode! That is just a blame game tactic. I want a governor that will bring the parties together. I had this unrealistic idea that Michigan was going to be the shining example of how the get things done with through “Compromise”. Remember that word? It has been replaced with “Polarization”. One means to get things done and the other means stalemate or checkmate…Can you guess which one applies to which? Hey Gov Baby, if you read this, Wake up! Everyone knows we need to make budgetary cuts. It took us a while to get to this point and it was unwillingness to compromise that contributed to the problem at hand. You can’t blame everything on the financial meltdown. That is a whole other topic, so don’t get me started. Let’s build some bridges (no pun intended). Let’s stop giving all of the power to the radicals. Our founding fathers must be turning over in their graves.

  2. Jim says:

    Can I turn in my household expense report, like the movie industry can, and get reimbursed 42%? I’ll take that deal anytime. Ask yourself why some of the movie industry left Hollywood to begin with? Maybe they couldn’t afford the expenses there. If you cannot offer alternative solutions, other than tax the other guy – not me, than you have no right to complain.

    1. lifestooshorthavefun says:

      Don’t be so short sighted. Look at the big picture. It doesn’t matter whether or not you agree with the incentives given to the film industry, we need to keep our promise. If we don’t, we will never be able to persuade any other industry to invest in Michigan, no matter what the incentive is. Snyder’s proposal, even if a compromise is achieved, essentially sent Michigan two steps back. We don’t have very many steps left before we fall on our a$$.

  3. angel says:

    The Michigan snyder wants to reinvent is a stressed out underbudgeted, overcrowded and under supported class room, disiencouraged workers, overtaxed beat down retired senior citizen, and others who have paid their dues already and earned the right to get a pension to live on. Mr Snyder wants everyone to believe that he is a nerd, no he is not he is just another michigan hater who is anxious to see Detroit and surrounding areas go down, bankrupt and into receivership. I dont think those who voted for him expected what he is doing.

  4. bestpracticeR says:

    when I first heard this man say he would cut funding to each child in school by more than $700.00, I realized hey this person is not afraid to take his heel still connected to his leg and shove it in the Presidents face who said “NO CHILD LEFT BEHIND”.

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