Rick Snyder in 2011 Governor's State of the State speeches


On Free Trade: Increase Canada trade with new Detroit River bridge

To achieve success in today's world, it requires that we look beyond our borders. We must open ourselves to the promises and potential of the global marketplace. We must increase exports from Michigan farmers, manufacturers and entrepreneurs. Last year, Canada was the top market for our products. In 2009, Michigan did roughly $4 billion in trade with Canada. We also know that one out of every eight jobs in Detroit is in the export industry. [We] widened approaches to the international bridge and major improvements to ease the traffic flow in Port Huron. Global demand for our ports of entry is expected to increase steadily with no signs of slowing. To satisfy growing demand, we must move forward towards building a new bridge from Detroit to Windsor, The Detroit River International River Crossing.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

On Government Reform: Michigan Dashboard: measure progress & present it publicly

We are creating a means by which to actually measure Michigan's progress. I find it curious that we've had State of the State addresses for decades. Yet I don't know of one where we actually had a report card to gauge our success. Government tends to avoid measures and metrics, since it could lead to criticism. It is time for that attitude to disappear. True success is based on achieving real results for real people. We're going to have tough, hard measurements. Our achievements or lack of progress will be evident, so tonight I'm presenting the Michigan Dashboard.

I will present a summary of this dashboard in every State of the State address I give. It is composed of 21 different measures in five key areas. The measurable areas are economic growth, health and education, value for government, quality of life and public safety. These areas align with how we've organized the executive branch into the group executive structure.

Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

On Health Care: Improve cost, quality and access with wellness & prevention

We will vigorously pursue improvements in our health care system in terms of cost, quality and access. We must emphasize wellness and preventative care. All of our citizens need access to preventative care from primary care providers. It's critical to prevent routine ailments from becoming severe conditions requiring emergency room treatments. We will look to build a system that encourages all of us to have an annual physical to reduce obesity and encourage a healthier, active lifestyle in our state.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

On Immigration: Openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to immigrate

We will encourage immigrants with advanced college degrees to come to Michigan to live and work. We need to be a place that openly encourages innovators and entrepreneurs to come to our state. The evidence is clear that advance college degree immigrants make a tremendous difference in creating a positive economic activity environment that benefits us all. Half of the startups in Silicon Valley have a foreign national as a founder. It is time we embrace this concept as a way to speed our reinvention.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address Jan 19, 2011

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