Posted on Wed, Jan 18, 2012 : 7:48 p.m.
Rick Snyder's State of the State: Key points, dashboard, speech outline
By AnnArbor.com Staff
Michigan’s economy is moving in the right direction and 2012 must be devoted to continuing the state’s reinvention by taking care of unfinished business, addressing other critical challenges and emphasizing good government, Gov. Rick Snyder said in his second State of the State address.
The governor's office sent out these documents as Snyder's address was under way Wednesday night, featuring a dashboard with unemployment, health and education figures; a news release listing key talking points and an outline of his State of the State speech.
Angela J. Cesere | AnnArbor.com
Read the dashboard.
Read the news release about the speech.
Read the outline of Snyder's speech.
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Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 2:24 p.m.
I notice that Gov. Snyder gives himself thumbs up on the dashboard for two categories in which MI improved at the same rate as other states, based on the (lack of) change in our ranking: violent crimes and property crimes. I'd give the state an "equals" on those! On the other hand (pun not intended) he gave thumbs down to the cost of operating government as a percentage of GDP. Since it is normal for GDP to go down (or grow more slowly) and citizens' needs to go up during a weak economy, I feel less negative than the governor on those measures for 2011. I expect improvement in 2012.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 11:34 a.m.
Dashboards? How about for SPARK? How about City and County officials who keep shoveling tax dollars with no specific metrics for overcomes (Ann Arbor's Mayor, and Conan Smith who sits on the SPARK board) demand open access to SPARK financial records AND dashboards? Fat chance.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 4:58 a.m.
Dashboards are something that is found on a horse drawn carriage or wagon. Cars and trucks have instrument panels. Too bad Snyder doesn't know the difference between a horse drawn buggy and an automobile.
Thu, Jan 19, 2012 : 1:37 a.m.
Whenever I hear Snyder mention "Dashboards", why do I feel like he's trying to run me over?