Snyder: Selling tax, fee hikes to public, lawmakers won’t be easy

Jan 16, 2013

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder delivers his third State of the State address Wednesday night.  Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports:

Governor Snyder won’t say if there will be any mention of the controversies of 2012 – especially right to work. During a walk through the North American International Auto Show, the governor cheered Michigan’s steady growth following the Great Recession.

"And Michigan’s one of the most-competitive states in the nation today and I’m proud of that," he said.  "And we’re just going to keep going.”

The governor will try to sell state lawmakers and the public on the need to raise a lot more money for roads, bridges, and rail. That idea failed to clear the Legislature last year.

The governor says he will also talk about job training and connecting skilled workers to available positions, and about Great Lakes protection and the economic possibilities that come with being surrounded by the world’s largest supply of fresh water.

For the Michigan Public Radio Network, I’m Rick Pluta in Detroit.