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Day 2 of Mackinac Policy Conference

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MACKINAC ISLAND (WJRT) - (05/29/14) - Michigan's business and political leaders are rolling up their sleeves and tackling the state's problems head on.

It's day two of the thirty-fourth annual Mackinac Policy Conference.

Thursday, Gov. Snyder laid out his plan to keep the state's momentum going strong.

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Before some of the state's most powerful business and political leaders, Gov. Snyder touted that Michigan is continuing its comeback.

Before his keynote address, Snyder sat down with ABC12, where he talked about what he says is a resurgence in the state's economy.

"We created a quarter million private sector jobs. These are good jobs. Number one in manufacturing jobs. Number three in high tech jobs. Number four in high paying jobs," he said.

Snyder also received the thumbs up from the Business Leaders for Michigan as he looks to his quest for another term.

Until then, he says his top priority is keeping people and jobs in Michigan.

"We still have things we need to work on, and we shouldn't be complacent," he said. "Far too many people are leaving our state."

He thinks that effort will be helped by recent action to raise the minimum wage to $9.25 an hour by 2018.

"It was both chambers, both parties. All of us working together to say, 'Here's a solution that works in terms of there will be increased wages for people, and at the same time it recognizes the concerns of the business community," Snyder said.

There's still the concerns for Michigan drivers about the roads. Snyder says he has no doubt that more money needs to be pumped into the state's infrastructure.

"We need more revenue, that's not a thing I say easily. If you look at it, we've been under investing a lot of years," he said.

Gov. Snyder took up the issue of discrimination, saying he would like to see lawmakers include sexual orientation and gender identity in the state's Elliott-Larsen Civil Rights Act.

The act protects Michigan residents against discrimination, but sexual orientation is not included in the act.

Snyder said he would like to see the legislature take it up later this year, but did not indicate if he would sign it.

Friday is the final day of the conference. Detroit Emergency Manager Kevyn Orr will make his address, along with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu who will talk about urban revitalization.
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