Governor Rick Snyder delivered his 7th State of the State address in Lansing Tuesday night.
He spent much of his address reviewing successes of the past year, including recent announcements by automakers of new investments and jobs in Michigan.
Snyder touted the auto industry’s role in the state saying, “75% of the R&D for the U.S. auto industry is in Michigan.”
He also said the state has seen five years of population growth in a row.
But, the governor spent only four minutes discussing what some consider the defining event of his time in office – the Flint water crisis. Snyder said, “We’re making progress, but our work is not done yet.”
Snyder spend the last portion of his speech looking forward, saying Michigan calling improved infrastructure. The governor called for a second thousand-foot lock at the Soo Locks, saying “ our entire economy in this country is at risk because we have with having only one lock.”
Snyder also said the state needs to create more educational opportunities and better career counseling.