LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Patrick Colbeck, R-Canton, issued the following statement in response to Gov. Rick Snyder’s sixth State of the State address on Tuesday evening:
“The primary topic of Governor Snyder’s State of the State this year was the Flint Water System. We now know that the water quality in the city of Flint has degraded over the past two years due to inadequate treatment protocols when the source of water was switched from the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD) to the Flint River.
“As a result, many Flint residents were receiving tap water with elevated levels of lead. The source of the problem has been identified, and fixes to the water system are being implemented in cooperation with the Legislature. Communities throughout our state are coming together to provide the citizens of Flint with bottled water. On Friday, I will be joining with other Wayne County legislators in Redford Township in support of one such bottle drive.
“While the topic on everyone’s mind may have been Flint, it is important that we celebrate many of the success stories in our state. Chief among these successes is our private sector job growth of 408,500 jobs. After decades near the bottom of unemployment ranks between the states, Michigan is now ranked 24th.
“Not only are there more jobs, but the jobs in Southeast Michigan feature higher wages. Home sales are higher and property values continue to rise. In fact, home values have increased 25 percent since 2010, compared to the national average of only 16 percent, which means more funding for schools, police and fire personnel. In short, Michigan is continuing its rebound from the ‘lost decade.’”