Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Gov. Rick Snyder says effective and accountable government, unparalleled collaboration are keys to ‘The River of Opportunity’
Tuesday, Jan. 20, 2015
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan will create an environment in which all residents can succeed, regardless of their stage in life, through a strategic realignment of government services and unparalleled public-private collaboration, Gov. Rick Snyder said during his fifth State of the State address.
The governor outlined his vision for focusing government on people rather than programs, with the support of new, robust collaboration. He called this new perspective of government, which will be structured from the people’s point of view, “The River of Opportunity.”
“This country was founded as a nation of opportunity,” Snyder said. “But too many of our residents find themselves with barriers in that River of Opportunity, whether it’s because they are struggling with poverty, don’t have parents in their lives, lack a good education, suffer from an illness or disability, or don’t have transportation necessary for school or work. Government and nonprofits are in the forefront of offering help, but we must fundamentally reshape the way in which we do that.
“We will reorganize government so it treats individuals as real people, not as numbers on a page, as too often is the case with myriad programs that lack coordination. It’s time to maximize our resources on solutions, not bureaucracy. Working with people as complete human-beings enables us to more effectively solve root causes of barriers to success, rather than just the symptoms. Our goal must be to create opportunities, not dependencies. We can do this, and I look forward to continuing my partnership with the Legislature and stakeholders statewide. Working together, we’ll show the rest of the nation that Michiganders stand together, and that there’s no better place to live, work and play than the Great Lakes State.”
Four years of strong fiscal stewardship, thoughtful policymaking, bold innovation and genuine leadership have given Michigan a solid platform for continued growth in 2015. Numerous indicators underscore the state’s turnaround, including the creation of over 300,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010 and consecutive years of population increases.
“Across our peninsulas and in every corner of this state, Michiganders are contributing to our shared future through collaboration, innovation and a genuine confidence that the path we’re on is the right one,” Lt. Gov. Brian Calley said. “Each day, we break new ground, find creative solutions to challenges and keep driving forward. That’s the Michigan way.”
Snyder offered the following priorities to continue Michigan’s impressive rebound while ensuring that all residents have the tools and opportunities to share in the comeback:
Transportation: Our crumbling roads and bridges are a public safety concern for Michiganders. In some cases, plywood is being used on bridges to hold concrete from falling onto our roads, and one in nine bridges is structurally deficient. Snyder will:
“The River of Opportunity”: The governor will emphasize efficient, effective and accountable government that offers people the help they need when they need it by:
Education: The governor recognizes that creating opportunities for success starts with education. His goals include:
More and better jobs: Growing the economy demands collaboration, innovation and good public policy. Snyder committed to:
People: Because good public health is vital to a strong Michigan, the governor:
Energy and environment: Michigan’s energy policy needs to be set by Michiganders, if our system is going to be adaptable and energy will be affordable, reliable and environmentally protective. The governor will:
Efficient, effective and accountable government: Government must be accountable, effective, efficient and transparent. To ensure that taxpayers are properly served, and that state government is a partner in success rather than a barrier, the governor will:
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