Governor Jennifer Granholm delivers the State of the State.

Governor Jennifer Granholm delivers the State of the State.

So…Governor Granholm delivered the latest State of the State address last night in Lansing. In what started off as a somber, perhaps even dour speech, the Governor did what she does best…spin facts to put a poor situation into a positive light. It turned on a dime from a “doom and gloom” presentation into a “GO MICHIGAN” rooting session. The Governor is a good cheerleader. The problem is…the state doesn’t need a cheerleader right now. It needs a LEADER! Our state is in trouble and a lot of the reforms she outlined last night will take at least a year to get implemented. Michigan doesn’t have the luxury of time right now, and stimulus package aside, Michigan has some more dark times ahead.

Now anyone who knows me knows that I have been a fan of this Governor over the years and I’ve had the opportunity to talk with her many, many times. I don’t want to appear hypercritical of her address and plans, but many of the points she has outlined just are not sitting right with me. I could go on, but there’s other things to talk about here. I guess we shall see what happens!!

State Senator & Senate Minority Leader Mike Prusi

State Senator & Senate Minority Leader Mike Prusi

Michigan Senator and Senate Minority Leader Mike Prusi, the distinguished Gentleman from National Mine, called in this morning to give us his reaction to the Governor’s address and he raised some interesting points concerning the U.P. and the budgets for higher education and the Department of Corrections. Click HERE to get to the INTERVIEWS section of our website to hear all of our exclusive interview with Mike.

Jim Edwards from the UP Children's Museum

Jim Edwards from the UP Children's Museum

Jim Edwards also joined us today from the UP Children’s Museum to tell us about a long-term project involving audio recordings of area rivers and nature scenes that will be displayed at the UPCM.  Click HERE to hear more!

Hopefully, things will progress well in both Lansing AND Washington, D.C. so the economy will get better here in Michigan and around the country. I maintain a glimmering hope of optimism, which I hope will not be extinguished by the typical political BS that seems to rear up during all budget negotiations.

See you all tomorrow!

-Walt