(01/29/13) - Michigan is on a comeback - that's what Gov. Rick Snyder told a group of people at a conference in our nation's capital Tuesday.
Gov. Snyder was invited by Governing Magazine to speak at their "Outlook in the States and Localities" conference at the National Press Club.
That magazine's publisher interviewed Snyder about his administration's accomplishments over the past two years. The Governor touted balancing the state budget, eliminating the deficit, and legislation like the emergency manager and right-to-work laws. The governor hopes the federal government will look at Michigan as a model for how to get things done.
"We've got a tremendous track record of things that have gotten done by all working together. And if you compare it to Washington, they can't do a budget here, they need to do tax reform, and the debt question is gigantic. We were 50 out of 50. We solved all those problems. Why don't they just get it done here, because that would help us all grow faster across the country, including Michigan," Gov. Snyder said.
During his presentation, Snyder referred to Michigan as the "comeback state," but when ABC12's Washington Correspondent Ted Fioraliso put that on Facebook and Twitter Tuesday morning, several people asked, "What comeback?"
So, we asked the Governor, "What would you say to those who don't see it, or aren't seeing it yet?"
"That's why we need to keep going," Gov. Snyder said. "It's not fully complete, but the numbers speak for themselves. In 2011, we were the sixth fastest-growing economy, personal income this past year, we're the ninth fastest-growing, our population is coming back, homes are being sold again, home prices are going up. It's very broad-based."
Snyder was also asked about the outlook for 2013, including infrastructure and transportation projects. He also previewed his upcoming economic development and education summits.
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