Reporting Tim Skubick
LANSING (WWJ) – Governor Rick Snyder is preparing for his second State of the State address, set for Wednesday night at 7 p.m. from the Capitol.
WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick says Snyder is upbeat about the speech, but the dynamics and tone are different this year.
“Last year was not an election year. This one is for all members of the House and the Governor is acknowledging that,” said Skubick. “He will be down-playing a lot of his legislative agenda, giving lawmakers the room to breathe to run for reelection, which is their job.”
“And he’ll be working on changing Michigan government and reinventing by working with the bureaucracy on his own to get stuff done,” Skubick said.
Will Gov, Snyder bring up the Detroit emergency manager issue?
“Well, it is the elephant in the room,” said Skubick. “I don’t see how he can address the state of Michigan and not address the situation in Detroit.”
“I think he will try to lower the temperature of everybody and tell the city of Detroit and the rest of the state, ‘I don’t want to send in an emergency manager,’ he agrees with (Detroit Mayor) Dave Bing,” Skubick said.
Skubick said that if no budget agreement is reached, Snyder may have to send in a manager, “But, he will likely say tomorrow night, ‘Don’t make me do this’,” Skubick said.
Skubick said Michiganders can also expect to hear about the Governor’s plans to change the state’s vehicle registration fee.
Steve Cook, President of the Michigan Education Association tells WWJ important group of people will be paying close attention.
“Voters are listening this year. And this fall they’re going to head to the poll based on Republican actions in the coming months,” said Cook. “And, believe me, voters will hold Republicans accountable if they fail to put our kids first.”
Cook joined several other leaders of community groups on Tuesday that are calling on Gov. Snyder to restore cuts made to education and to reverse pension and other tax increases.
Stay tuned. You can hear the Governor’s speech live at 7 p.m. Wednesday on WWJ Newsradio 950 and here at CBSDetroit.com