(02/04/14) - Four more years - that's what Gov. Rick Snyder is asking for after
officially announcing he's running for re-election.
Tuesday, he brought his campaign to Mid-Michigan. The Governor believes he's got a lot to be proud of and he talked all about that while in Frankenmuth.
Joined by several community and business leaders, Snyder talked a fair amount about how he feels the business climate has changed since he took office.
From changes to business taxes - to better cooperation - Snyder feels he's made a positive impact. Business leaders sharing the stage with him agreed.
Zehnder's Splash Village is undergoing a multi-million dollar expansion - in part - using state loans. Zehnder says since Snyder took office, doing big things has gotten easier.
"What made it easy was just the lack of red tape," Zehnder said.
Dick Mott with Morley Companies believes the state "played a key role" in the company's expansion in the last four to five years. Mott says from loans to grants - the state, under Snyder's leadership, has helped them grow from a couple hundred employees to more than 1,700 right now.
"Helping people connect to careers better, particularly those skilled trade careers," Snyder said. "There's thousands of openings out there, but there's a disconnect still going on in terms of people not knowing the jobs there, what a great career it can be, where to get the training. And so we're creating programs that really focus in on that and we're starting to see early success, but we can expand that dramatically."
While many of the people there plan to support the self-proclaimed "Comeback Kid" in his re-election bid, some say it's not because of party leadership, rather, plain-old leadership.
"What are they going to do, do they really want to help the people of this great state to move forward. I think Rick Snyder has proved that," Zehnder said.
While people inside at Zehnder's greeted the governor with open arms, not everyone was happy to see him.
A few dozen people lined Main Street in Frankenmuth to show their dislike for the Republican.
From laborers to retirees, the group said the governor's first term in office should be his last.
Some don't like the direction the education system has taken - others are upset about the pension tax put into place during Snyder's time in office.
Many of these people said they support Democratic challenger Mark Schauer.
"'Cause I think he's going to fix the state. He's going to get rid of the pension taxes, he's going to give the money back to schools that they deserve," said Jim Ancel, of Saginaw.
"We need to get Snyder out, he's bad for the state, he's bad for the working class," said Steve Taylor, of Bay City.
There have been similar protests at other Snyder re-election events as well.
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