Gov. Snyder says Mich. economy improving

Jan. 19, 2012 at 1:08 AM

LANSING, Mich., Jan. 19 (UPI) -- Gov. Rick Snyder credited a cut in business taxes and other tax reforms with Michigan's job growth as he delivered his State of the State address Wednesday.

Snyder spoke to the state legislature hours after the announcement that the state's unemployment rate has fallen to 9.3 percent, the Detroit Free Press reported. While that is relatively still high, it is the lowest in Michigan in three years.

The Republican governor, in his second State of the State, introduced no major new proposals. Instead, he spoke of the importance of building on what has been done in the past year and said he remains committed to "relentless positive action."

Snyder said some goals from last year are still on his to-do list. Those include a new bridge across the Detroit River to Canada, setting up health-insurance exchanges and fixing the state's infrastructure.

Democratic legislators generally remained quiet while Republicans applauded. As Snyder's speech ended, the sound of protesters chanting "Recall Rick" filtered into the chamber.

State Rep. Maureen Stapleton, a Democrat who represents Detroit, said Snyder -- even though he introduced Detroit Mayor Dave Bing and spoke of the importance of cities -- did not have specific proposals to help urban centers.

"If indeed you care about urban Michigan, then I would have expected to hear some initiatives," Stapleton said.

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