Snyder: 'We're not here for us'

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The day after the State of the State, Gov. Rick Snyder's speech is drawing mixed reviews.

Republicans say the governor struck the right tone. Democrats say the address lacked specifics and direction.

Snyder laid out a big agenda. His detractors say it lacked specifics, but what it did not lack was a bit of unusual passion on the part of the governor.

Near the end of his speech he spoke directly to lawmakers and used one of his biggest action items -- roads -- as an example. He admonished legislators to move beyond politics.

"We're hired by the people of the State of Michigan and our role is to give them great customer service," said Snyder. "We can use some common sense and get it done."

"We are not here for us. It's an honor and a privilege to be elected," he added.

But that call to action didn't necessarily change any minds on the Democratic side of the aisle.

==Watch: Political Reporter Rick Albin on the State of the State and reaction from Democrats.==

This week on To The Point: More of what the governor had to say and an interview with Representative Griemeil. The The Point starts at 10 a.m. Sunday on WOOD TV8.
 

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Michigan (change)

 
Michigan is governed as a republic, with three branches of government: executive, legislative and judicial. The state also allows direct participation of the electorate by initiative, referendum, recall, and ratification.
 
Offices & Officials

Governor: Rick Snyder
Lieutenant Governor: Brian Calley
Attorney General: Bill Schuette
Secretary of State: Ruth Johnson

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