Snyder For Governor (R)

We believe Rick Snyder is the best choice to lead Michigan for the next four years. Among other things, Snyder recognizes the importance of education and advocates focusing on what he calls “P-20,” saying we should be looking at early childhood through lifelong learning. He has promised to render support to Detroit.

He calls for a version of the Michigan Promise Grant that is more need-based financial aid, and that we should define need more broadly than we do today.

Snyder’s plans regarding education also entail asking the state’s public colleges and universities to be more efficient by, for example, hiring students to rake leaves at a good per-hour rate, rather than have four adult men — making what Snyder estimated was $80,000 each — do it, as he saw at one university.

Snyder also hopes to have a constructive relationship with the Obama administration, but said most of his focus would be on Michigan issues. He makes a good point about the state needing to get its act together before it comments too much about what needs to be at the federal level.

He also recognizes the importance of getting the state’s congressional delegation to work better together.

Snyder’s 10 point plan — which includes creating more and better jobs, reforming the tax system, restoring cities, and keeping our youth in the state — shows that he has a blueprint for where he believes the state should go over the next four years. No doubt some changes may end up being made over the next four years, but Snyder’s plan is at least a place to start.

When asked if he identified himself as a moderate Republican, Snyder refused to label himself, saying labels are a problem, and that we need to get over the labels and get the job done.

“I want to solve problems,” he told the Chronicle, “not be called something.”

Perhaps there is too much of a focus on labels — Republican. Democrat. Liberal. Conservative. And certainly partisan politics and negative campaigning are nothing new, but Snyder is right that the true focus needs to be on solving Michigan’s problems. He told the Chronicle that smart people are out there on all sides of these issues, and that there’s power in diversity.

If those words prove to be more than empty platitudes, Michigan should be in good hands under a Snyder administration.

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