The Michigan comeback shows that when we work together with Relentless Positive Action we can solve even the most difficult of challenges. Michigan has come a long way since the disastrous economy of the “Lost Decade,” but we need to continue to do more and find long-term solutions to improve our state for every person who calls Michigan home. This is what the Michigan Comeback has done in the last eight years:
JOBS, JOBS, JOBS
In 2009, the unemployment rate peaked at 14.6 percent – the highest in the nation. Kids were having to leave the state they grew up in because there was simply no work for them. Today, thanks to Gov. Rick Snyder’s focus on innovation, building strong partnerships and smart policy, Michigan has created more than 555,000 new private-sector jobs since 2010. Our unemployment rate is at its lowest since 2000 and people who left during the Lost Decade are coming back. The foundation is laid for an entirely new chapter of innovation and job growth. Michigan is on the path toward a bright future.
On June 20, 2014, Gov Rick Snyder signed the Grand Bargain – setting up what would be one of the greatest comeback stories in the nation’s history. This historic, bipartisan package of bills was the most important step in moving Detroit out of its challenging bankruptcy, while ensuring the city’s workers and residents were not left behind. Since the signing, the changes around the city have been impossible to ignore and the quality of life has improved for all who call the city home. On that day, all of Michigan – from the harbors of the Upper Peninsula to the shores of West Michigan – stood alongside Detroit and proved to the rest of the world just how resilient the Motor City can be.
MICHIGAN: THE WORLD LEADER IN MOBILITY
Since we put the world on wheels over a century ago, Michigan has always been the leader in mobility. Motor vehicles dramatically changed the way our society functioned. Autonomous vehicles will be just as big of a change, and Michigan is once again leading the future of mobility. In addition to becoming the first state to allow testing, manufacturing and operation of autonomous vehicles, we also have partnered with the private sector on facilities like the American Center for Mobility and the Mcity Test Facility to ensure this technology can be tested in a safe and secure environment.
Michigan and Canada have always been incredible partners, and the groundbreaking of the Gordie Howe International Bridge - a once-in-a-lifetime infrastructure project - was a true testament to the strength of the relationship. With some 7,000 trucks crossing each day, the Windsor-Detroit Gateway is the busiest Canada-United States commercial land border crossing and is vital to the economies of Ontario, Michigan, Canada and the United States. Better access to the state’s largest trading partner will aid in the creation of thousands of manufacturing jobs.
Gov. Rick Snyder has continually proven his commitment to making Michigan a safer place. With over $100 million for trooper recruit schools over the past eight years, the State Police enlisted strength is at its highest mark in more than 18 years. Thanks to innovative programs like Vocational Village and the hard work of the Michigan Department of Corrections, the number of Michigan offenders who return to prison has reached its lowest level since the state began recording three-year reincarceration rates.
To build a stronger Michigan, Gov. Snyder needed to build a healthier Michigan. The governor’s vision was for Michiganders to be healthy, productive individuals living in communities that support health and wellness with accessibility to affordable, patient-centered and community-based systems of care. The Healthy Michigan plan provides health care coverage for individuals who are 19-64 years old and have an income up to 133 percent of the federal poverty level. It is providing care for more than 655,000 Michiganders who otherwise would not have health coverage.
MARSHALL PLAN FOR TALENT/ EDUCATIONAL REFORM
Our state’s economic reinvention has already connected over 555,000 Michiganders with new private-sector jobs, but many more jobs are still going unfilled. Michigan needed to make dramatic, innovative changes to the way it prepares people for careers to address an expanding talent gap in key industries. The Marshall Plan for Talent is investing $100 million in new funding dedicated to innovative programs. The demand for talented workers in dynamic fields like computer science and the professional trades is going to continue to grow as Michigan grows. We need to be ready.
8 FOR 8
In June 2018, Gov. Rick Snyder signed his eighth and final budget for the state of Michigan. Gov. Snyder set a new standard for the way budgets should be done while paying down long-term debt. For the past eight years, our state has grown to expect the budget to be fiscally responsible, beneficial for all Michiganders and finished before the deadline of Oct. 1. Because the governor and his legislative partners made the commitment to ensure those expectations are met, residents have experienced transparency of government spending without dealing with government shutdowns.
RELENTLESS POSITIVE ACTION
Since becoming governor, Rick Snyder has made it his mission to lead through Relentless Positive Action when serving the people of Michigan. Being relentlessly positive has worked well, allowing the governor to accomplish many things in a bipartisan manner that others had thought impossible. As part of that, he also feels strongly that in seeking solutions for the problems we face, we must listen, respect and treat each other with civility. Michigan is an exceptional place to call home, and the governor saw an opportunity to show residents that Michigan is a leader in treating people with respect, while not placing blame or taking credit.
PROJECT RISING TIDE
While Gov. Rick Snyder worked to restore our cities, he wanted to make sure our rural communities weren’t left behind. Through the Project Rising Tide program, Gov. Snyder is providing state resources to smaller communities that haven’t been as positively affected by the state’s comeback. The Rising Tide program works with community leaders to ensure these changes are sustainable in the long term and that the communities will continue to prosper well after they have graduated from this program.
CAMPUS SEXUAL ASSAULT PREVENTION
First Lady Sue Snyder is leading the charge to change the culture surrounding campus sexual assault in Michigan. Thanks to bipartisan support of these efforts, Michigan became the first state in the nation to allocate general fund money for prevention of campus sexual assault. Since 2015, more than $1.5 million in grants has been available for colleges and universities to implement innovative, student-driven prevention strategies. In August 2018, the Governor and First Lady announced a 24/7, free, confidential and anonymous helpline now available for all sexual assault survivors in Michigan - 855-VOICES4 or 855-864-2374.
SERVING THOSE WHO SERVED
Eight years ago, Michigan ranked 53 out of 50 in service to our veterans. Gov. Rick Snyder knew we needed a major change. In January of 2013, Gov. Snyder signed an executive order creating the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency to help better connect eligible veteran with the benefits they have earned through their military service. Today, veterans are receiving 55 percent more in compensation and pension benefits from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs than before the agency was established.
In April, Michigan received $123 million from the federal government to build two new veterans homes in Grand Rapids and Southeast Michigan. This will be the second home in Grand Rapids and the first home in the Southeast region.
FEEDING THE NATION
Michigan has the second most diverse agriculture industry in the nation that has grown to $100 billion annually. Michigan’s food and agriculture system is a large portion of this state’s workforce and a significant contributor to the nation’s food baskets. Total employment resulting from this sector is 923,000, which accounts for about 22 percent of the state’s total employment. In 2015, Michigan shipped $2.8 billion in domestic agricultural exports abroad.
- Since December 2010, Michigan has created more than 540,000 new private-sector jobs.
- Michigan is No. 1 in job creation in the Midwest.
- Michigan has created the most manufacturing jobs in the nation, over 122,800 new manufacturing jobs since 2010.
- We are No. 1 in the nation in high-tech manufacturing employment and in physical science and engineering workers.
- Eight years of unemployment reduction.
- Michigan’s unemployment hit a 17-year low during the Snyder administration. From 11.2 percent when Gov. Snyder took office, to its current low of 4.7 percent, all while expanding the workforce.
- These are good-paying jobs being created. Michigan’s income growth rate since 2010 is the sixth- highest in the nation – an average of $10,000 more in annual income per Michigander.
- Six consecutive years of population growth.
- Michigan’s business climate has improved dramatically, going from 40th to a top state for business.
- Under Governor Snyder’s leadership, Michigan’s corporate tax ranking improved from 49th to 11th. Our overall business climate is ranked No. 12 in the nation. (Source: tax foundation)
- Since January 2011, we’ve eliminated more than 2,000 burdensome rules and regulations.
- The passage of seven on-time and drama-free balanced budgets, providing financial security and stability to the state and local governments across Michigan.
- The Rainy-Day Fund went from $2 million to $889 million.
- According to Bloomberg Business, Michigan is home to the nation’s second-best
- credit rating improvement.
- Michigan’s economic health ranks second nationally.
- Michigan leads the world in the development and integration of intelligent connected vehicles.
- Over 675,000 low-income residents enrolled in Healthy Michigan.
- Eliminated the Michigan Business Tax, the dumbest tax in America.
- Detroit is now the Comeback City. Gov. Snyder’s helped lead Detroit through a major financial restructuring, made its growth a priority and now Detroit is one of the most exciting places in the country.
- Increased education funding. K-12 funding is at historic highs, with over $1.2 billion increase since 2011.
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