LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Wayne Schmidt, R-Traverse City, issued the following statement after Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his 2016 State of the State address:
“Tonight the governor devoted much of his speech to the people of Flint and its ongoing water crisis. The government’s first responsibility is to protect its people and, in addition to addressing the immediate health concerns of Flint residents as a result of the lead contamination, we must also work together to address the city’s — and the state’s — long-term infrastructure needs so another tragedy doesn’t happen again. Michigan’s government serves Michiganders, and we must continue reform efforts to make it more effective and accountable to residents.
“Michigan’s improving economy was another important topic that the governor referenced in his speech, and I am proud of the accomplishments we have achieved over the past five years. I believe an important part of continuing the positive momentum is to upgrade the Soo Locks. The locks are a vital part of the state economy and thousands of Michigan jobs rely on its continued operation. I am committed to doing what I can to draw attention to this need.
“Having an education system that serves and prepares our children is a necessity for a 21st century economy, and I appreciate the governor’s continued emphasis on improving educational opportunities for all students in our state.
“I look forward to working together with my constituents, colleagues in the Legislature and the governor’s administration to help resolve Flint’s water crisis as soon as possible, as well as to continue our efforts to improve our economy and education in the coming year.”