Legislative Democrats to Snyder: Time to Put People First

Dems call on administration to join the fight for Michigan’s working families
Tuesday, January 23, 2018

LANSING, Mich. – Senate Minority Leader Jim Ananich (D–Flint) and House Democratic Leader Sam Singh (D–East Lansing) responded to Gov. Rick Snyder’s 2018 State of the State Address by calling on him to end the profits-over-people ideology that has hurt Michigan families and held our state back for the last seven years.

Democrats vowed to continue to fight for working families by championing policies that keep more money in their pockets, provide opportunities to attain new skills and bring high-quality, good-paying jobs to Michigan.

“The governor paints a pretty picture of Michigan, but too many families aren’t seeing it,” Sen. Ananich said. “Instead, they’re seeing crumbling roads, aging schools and dangerous water contamination issues creeping up all over the state. We hear a lot of talk, but action doesn’t follow. Democrats remain committed to righting these wrongs in order to make Michigan a safer, more stable place to live, work and play.”

This State of the State Address marks Gov. Snyder’s eighth and final address. It is a tenure that has shown concern for the bottom line instead of those who live here, and has consistently failed Michiganders, including:

“Governor Snyder and Lansing Republicans continue to talk about a ‘comeback’ but they fail to talk about what we are coming back to – lower wages, broken roads, overcrowded schools and struggling communities,” Leader Singh added. “While the legislation that has been passed in the last seven years may have benefited wealthy donors and out-of-state corporations, it hasn’t helped working families. It’s time for our state’s Republican leadership to readjust their priorities and focus on issues that help working families, and our state, succeed.”