By Cindy Denby
This week, Gov. Snyder gave his third State of the State address before a joint session of the Legislature. The governor gave a thoughtful speech that highlighted our accomplishments over the past two years, and addressed the areas that need more work. My top priority has been and remains making our economy healthy while fostering an environment for job creation. Looking back, I'm pleased with the progress we have made in those areas but know there is still much to do. The governor asked us to seize opportunities that will keep us on a path to prosperity and I look forward to doing that this term.
The governor also talked about progress we have made on his dashboards, which he introduced during his previous State of the State address. These dashboards have provided a great way to visually see the progress Michigan is making. The governor also brought up several ideas for improving our state, and we will look at every idea and determine what works best for Michigan's hard-working taxpayers. Lots of ideas and problem-solving are good for Michigan. We are moving in the right direction and I believe that if we work together and look at several ways to accomplish our goals we can make even more progress over the next year.
The governor also addressed serious issues that have been ignored for too long. I was especially pleased to hear him talk about our state's road construction and maintenance needs. Finding a solution for this will help move our state even further in the right direction. The current system we have for our roads is more than 60 years old; it is time for a change. It's time we take a hard look at this issue. Reform is essential to help keep our roads safer for our families.
Gov. Snyder's goals for the new year will keep us moving in the right direction. He is dedicated to making our state a place that our kids and grandkids will be able to stay and build a great career. I am looking forward to working with the governor and my colleagues to continue improving our state and focusing on the issues that are particularly important to my constituents.
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