President Barack Obama could learn from Gov. Rick Snyder. So why is he snubbing the governor during his appearance in East Lansing? (Charles V. Tines / The Detroit News)
President Barack Obama arrives in East Lansing today plagued by new and freshly devastating economic news that underscores both the amount of damage his policies have done to American families and how far we as a country will have to progress before our nation truly begins to turn the economic corner.
Reports this week show that Obama’s failed leadership in Washington, D.C., is expected to produce an unfathomable $514 billion budget deficit while the national debt exceeds $17 trillion. But far more frightening for families in Michigan is the news this week from the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office estimating that an additional 2.5 million Americans will soon lose their jobs because of the President’s signature Obamacare legislation, which was made possible with the help of ideologically rigid liberals like Mark Schauer and Gary Peters.
The good news is that if he’s looking for a model for recovery, Gov. Rick Snyder has created a successful one he could follow.
In January 2011 Snyder and a new crop of lawmakers were sworn into office and immediately got to work making tough decisions the previous administration had refused to make, getting Michigan’s financial house in order and “reinventing Michigan.” The results have been spectacular, and they are as uniquely Michigan as Faygo and Mackinac Island.
While the national economy continues to shed jobs by the millions, Michigan’s economic comeback is picking up steam. The Great Lakes State leads the nation with 220,000 new private sector jobs since Snyder began his statewide economic rehabilitation project. In that same time, unemployment has fallen nearly 18 percent and Michigan is ranked first nationally in states that have turned the economic corner.
Michigan is ranked first in manufacturing job growth nationwide, first in personal income growth anywhere in the Great Lakes region, and sixth for increasing value to homeowners.
The turnaround has been so stark that last year marked the first time in a decade that Michigan saw consecutive years of population growth, reversing the Granholm-era trend that saw families and job makers running for the border.
When Snyder took office he inherited a $1.5 billion budget deficit and a state government that was used to spending what it didn’t have.
Since cleaning house, Michigan has seen taxes fall and revenues surge. A far cry from Obama’s deficit, Michigan this year has a billion-dollar budget surplus — a swing of more than $2.5 billion, out of the red and into the black thanks to leadership in the executive office that wasn’t afraid to face reality and to make tough calls.
Snyder and Michigan lawmakers have taken dramatic steps to ensure that today’s recovery carries over into tomorrow’s economy as well. They put solutions before politics.
They’ve cut over 1,500 government rules and regulations, getting government out of the way of families, job makers and entrepreneurs. And Snyder signed legislation giving every Michigan worker the freedom to get and keep a high quality job, regardless of their politics.
Perhaps nowhere is Snyder’s commitment to Michigan’s long term economic progress better seen than in the state’s investment in our schools, where Governor Snyder has increased per pupil funding by $660 per student — a 10 percent jump — since he took office.
As Air Force One touches down in Lansing, this president could use all the help he can get kick-starting the national economy. He should seize the opportunity to see Michigan’s comeback up close.
Greg McNeilly is president of the Michigan Freedom Fund.