LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Reactions to Governor Rick Snyder's fifth State of the State speech varied along political lines - Republicans hold larger majorities in both houses of the Legislature, and there was plenty of applause Tuesday night.
Senator Arlen Meekhof in his role as Senate Majority Leader sat directly behind Snyder. After the speech, the West Olive Republican said, "Governor Snyder outlined an ambitious and challenging agenda for the year. The Governor has never shied away from tackling the tough issues facing our state, and tonight's remarks suggest that he will once again push forward in the spirit of reform and progress."
Senator Peter MacGregor, a Rockford Republican, told WZZM 13, "The combining of the two departments, Human Services and Community Health…I think it's a wonderful concept, more efficient, more cost-effective government that helps the taxpayers, as well as those who need those services."
Lon Johnson, chair of the Michigan Democratic Party, was offering this critique even before the Governor spoke: "I think the state of our state is troubled. When you look around this state, you've got 55 school districts that are teetering on insolvency. You've got unemployment not getting any better; we were ranked 49th in growth."
"Four years of prioritizing big corporations over working families has left too many of our neighbors behind," House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel (D-Auburn Hills) said. "While big corporations are enjoying massive tax breaks and corporate giveaways, regular people are just hoping to find a good-paying job, and our state now faces a budget deficit. This plan hasn't worked, we need to invest in our communities and families so that all of us can share in a better future for Michigan, and the House Democratic Caucus stands ready to work with Governor Snyder on these goals."
State Senator Coleman Young Jr., a Wayne County Democrat, said "nothing" impressed him about Snyder's speech.
The speech was a broad outline; details of Snyder's priorities will be revealed in his budget next month.