Gov. Rick Snyder brought giant rocks with him — from potholes found on area roads — as he took to the Michigan Chronicle’s “Pancakes and Politics” stage and talked about why he was supporting Proposal 1.

The controversial and complicated measure, which voters will decide May 5, would raise the sales tax from six to seven percent to increase resources to help fix Michigan’s crumbling roads and bridges.

Highlights of Snyder’s comments, who spoke to a sell-out crowd of over 500 at the Detroit Athletic Club, will air this Sunday as a special “Michigan Matters” 11:30 am on CBS 62.

The event was moderated by Carol Cain, Senior Producer and Host of “Michigan Matters.”

Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, with Gov. Rick Snyder, and Cathy Nedd, COO of the Chronicle, during "Pancakes and Politics" Thursday at the DAC. Snyder presented a proclamation to them to celebrate the 10th anniversary season of the iconic sprint time speakers series. (credit: Monica Morgan)

Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, with Gov. Rick Snyder, and Cathy Nedd, COO of the Chronicle, during “Pancakes and Politics” Thursday at the DAC. Snyder presented a proclamation to them to celebrate the 10th anniversary season of the iconic sprint time speakers series. (credit: Monica Morgan)

Snyder also took time to acknowledge Hiram Jackson, CEO of Real Times Media and publisher of the Michigan Chronicle, Cathy Nedd, COO of the Chronicle, Bankole Thompson, Senior Editor of the paper, for their 10th anniversary of the iconic spring time event.

The high profile speakers forum — held four times each spring — has attracted a who’s who of leaders from business, politics, education and more during its time.

Cain has moderated each of the “Pancakes” forums and they have aired as special “Michigan Matters.” CBS 62 has been a media sponsor of “Pancakes and Politics” since it began. WWJ Newsradio 950 and Crains Detroit Business are other media sponsors.

Snyder, who is term limited after winning a second term last year, talked about persistent rumors he is toying with 2016 and a possible run for president.

He also discussed the talent gap in Michigan and how to better address it.

Snyder, who has been a champion for building two way economic bridges to China, also said there were conversations taking place involving Volvo, the auto maker owned by Chinese investors looking to build a $500 million auto assembly plant somewhere in the U.S.

 

You can hear the conversation by watching “Michigan Matters” 11:30 a.m. Sunday on CBS 62.

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