Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan
Michiganders are coming together to achieve great things for each other. And we can all be proud of what we accomplished in 2013.
We balanced our budget well ahead of schedule, three years running. We increased funding for K-12 education for the third year in a row. We put 16,000 kids into preschool, and we added 64,000 kids to Healthy Kids Dental. And we made sure that 470,000 Michiganders in need have health insurance.
But that’s not all. This year, Michigan’s job creators continued to grow and expand. Since three years ago, they’ve created more than 220,000 private sector jobs. And according to University of Michigan economists, we’re on track to reach job levels not seen since before the Great Recession.
Others are taking notice of our success. Michigan’s credit rating was boosted to "AA." That’s the first time it we’ve been above AA- since January 2007.
We’ve also been hard at work to make sure Detroit is coming back, too. We have taken steps to end six decades of decline and put the Motor City on the right fiscal path.
We have achieved great things, but our work isn’t done. We can be neither complacent nor content as we work together to reinvent our state to create more and better jobs and a brighter future for our kids.