Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder yesterday shared what he considers to be the top accomplishments of 2013. As the self-proclaimed main geek for the state, the governor was true to form by posting his New Year’s message on Facebook and through an email message sent to all that have subscribed on the governor’s official website, where the message is also posted. You may also watch Gov. Snyder's message online.
The message did not refer to stabilization in the state’s population, which was reported Christmas Eve by United Van Lines (UVL). This was the first time in 16 years the annual UVL report did not show Michigan losing population according to Crain’s Detroit Business in yesterday’s print edition. The UVL report was verified in today’s version of the Detroit Free Press where a front page story revealed U. S. Census Bureau data released yesterday as showing a slight 0.1% population growth for the monitored year that ended June 0, 201.
Finances were also high on the governor’s list of accomplishments. He cited balancing the state’s budget, including increased school funding for the third consecutive year. Although a balanced budget is required, the governor’s team has accomplished the budget ahead of legally required deadlines. The fiscal responsibility resulted in boosting the state’s credit rating to "AA" even in light of the bankruptcy in the City of Detroit.
"We’ve also been hard at work to make sure Detroit is coming back, too," Snyder said, "We have taken steps to end six decades of decline and put the Motor City on the right fiscal path."
Other key accomplishments referenced by the governor include:
- Added dental coverage to 64,000 children in need through the Healthy Kids Dental initiative.
- Making sure that 470,000 Michiganders in need have health insurance.
- Created more than 220,000 private sector jobs in the three years he has been governor, many being fulltime manufacturing jobs.
“We have achieved great things,” said Snyder, “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.”
The close of the governor’s message is clearly a prelude to the governor’s unofficial bid for reelection as earlier reported by your examiner.
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