LANSING, MI (WTVB) - Governor Snyder’s State of the State Address this evening, may be the most important and hotly contested in his political career, because he and most other state office holders are facing reelection this year. Snyder supporters and others say they’re looking forward to hearing the Governor talk about Michigan’s comeback. Skeptics say they’re not so sure Snyder can take credit for the state’s turnaround, contending that the economic recovery is built largely on President Obama’s rescue of the auto industry, arguing that cars are driving Michigan’s recovery.
The Governor may indicate what he would like to do with a projected state surplus of a billion dollars for the coming year. There has been a lot of talk about giving part of it back to taxpayers in a tax cut or rebate. Karen Holcomb Merrill at the Michigan League for Public Policy says the state needs to restore programs that have taken big cuts, to make Michigan a more attractive place for job producers. She says using “one-time” money to create permanent tax breaks is a recipe for more financial trouble down the road.