Camo at the Capitol: 2015 State of the State Primer

Governor Rick Snyder Photo: Governor Rick Snyder
by Matt Evans, MUCC Legislative Manager
Governor Rick Snyder is set to give his 2015 State of the State address this evening before a joint session of the state legislature, leg cast and all.
This will be Governor Snyder’s fifth address since taking office in 2011 and his first since being re-elected last November. His speech will start at 7:00pm and will detail his policy agenda for the coming year. State of the State addresses often lack specific policy details, but it does set the stage for many important public policy debates and budget negations.
These addresses provide a rare glimpse into the mind of our State’s Governor and allows us to see what he will be spending most of his time on for the coming year. For the average citizen it gives you an idea of what to expect from the Governor, what his priorities will be, and where he will be spending his time. We don’t know the specific details of his speech yet, we will find out just like you at 7:00pm tonight but I expect we will hear about the road funding ballot initiative, energy initiatives, education, skilled trades, and hopefully a little something about conservation.
Here at MUCC we will be watching the address with the hope that Governor Snyder provides us a sign that he will continue to prioritize conservation in Michigan. He has shown us the past few years that he values the sportsmen and women of the state and we very much look forward to him continuing that trend in 2015. I hope that you too will watch or listen to the address tonight so as to stay informed and up to date on the issues of 2015.
You can likely find the Governor’s address on your local TV channels but you’ll also be able to view it online. There are a number of websites including Mlive, Michigan House and a variety of others that will be streaming the address live at 7:00pm tonight. And, if you’re really in the mood for more politics than most can handle in one day, you should tune in at 9:00pm tonight for President Obama’s State of the Union address. Two addresses’ in one night is a lot to handle but they are worth watching if you have the time. But if you don’t check back tomorrow and we’ll have a recap of what the Governor said in his address.

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