State of the State Highlights: It’s What Snyder Didn’t Say

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Gov. Rick Snyder before his State of the State speech on Tuesday.

Gov. Rick Snyder gave his final State of the State address this week.

The speech focused on what you might expect from a governor who is one year away from leaving office — the things he hopes will define his legacy. Specifically, Snyder spent a lot of time touting Michigan’s economic comeback.

It was light on major policy proposals and Snyder notably avoided wading into controversial national issues. These things are not uncharacteristic for Snyder in this sort of setting, but given the political rancor of the past year, some were still disappointed Snyder avoided digging into topics such as immigration, the Flint Water Crisis, and the Larry Nassar scandal

Click here to hear Gov. Snyder’s final State of the State address and to read a summary of the speech

Despite the lack of headline-inducing proclamations in the speech, WDET’s Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth say there’s still plenty of reasons to pay attention to what the governor had to say — and what he didn’t say.

Click on the audio player above to hear the conversation.

Image credit: Jake Neher/WDET

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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