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Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan in Deep Trouble with EB-5 Endorsement

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Gov. Rick Snyder of Michigan in Deep Trouble with EB-5  Endorsement

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS — Gov. Rick Snyder said, “Before the state’s turnaround can be complete, Michigan needs to “modify our culture” of negativity and divisiveness that’s come as a result of being in a one-state recession for the last decade.”

“The culture that’s going to make us the best again is based on being positive, inclusive and embracing diversity and the common ground,” he said during a half-hour speech to the World Affairs Council at the J.W. Marriott.

After an eight-day trip to Asia, Snyder spoke in general terms about connections made there, where he met with Japanese, Chinese and Korean officials and company executives in an effort to promote business opportunities in Michigan.

Snyder signed strategic cooperation agreements with the Gyeonggi province of South Korea and said on Monday that Japanese companies are interested in Michigan infrastructure and environmental projects.

“There’s a lot in the pipeline that’s good,” he promised.

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

He said, “The state needs to do a better job of retaining international students drawn to our universities,” and advocated embracing immigration strategies as well as leveraging the federal EB5 immigration program that streamlines a green card for entrepreneurs who want to invest capital.

Snyder reiterated themes like creating an environment where companies want to invest in the state by initiating tax and regulatory reform, and operating government as a “customer service business.”

He said Michigan is “doing a lot of things internally” to reinvent the state, but the key is building long-term business relationships, not relying on economic incentives, which he dismissed as “short term business.”

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan

Snyder delivered several rebukes on the political culture in Washington, D.C. in regard to the debt ceiling debate, while also praising — but not endorsing, he said — President Obama’s jobs bill, which has “some good ideas.”

“We shouldn’t just dismiss” the ideas in the bill, but rather “we should have a reasonable discussion,” he said.

He also asked the attendees to “call your senator” in support of the Detroit bridge project scheduled to be voted on by the state Senate this week.

A big advocate of the project, which has been mostly supported by Democrats, Snyder said there is a higher percentage of jobs tied to export trade in West Michigan than on the eastern side of the state.

It appears however that the governor is not listening to the very people that he hopes to help through his reformations.  The population has spoken out many times against his proposed tax reforms and expansion of the EB-5 Program.  Many voters are reconsidering their decision in light of both his state of the union address and his recent speech.  He is in serious deep trouble with middle and upper lower class voters.

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