Snyder speech should have had greater substance

As we listened to Gov. Rick Snyder deliver his fourth State of the State address Thursday, we heard a lot of wonderful things about Michigan.

We heard about increases in building permits, more and better jobs coming to Michigan, investments in early childhood education and the importance of setting a positive tone in politics.

While we agree with the governor on many of the issues he discussed during his speech, we’re still left wondering how he’s going to accomplish anything in the coming year.

With one short year left before he’s up for re-election, it was clear the address was more of a stump speech than a plan for Michigan’s future.

We got to see what Gov. Rick Snyder has done, not what he plans to do, and that’s a shame.

We were happy to hear the governor wanted to invest another $65 million in early childhood education, but where will that money come from?

We were excited the governor wants to step up prevention programs that keep invasive species from forever changing the natural beauty of our state, but what programs does he believe in, and what type of funding will he offer?

We agree that encouraging legal immigrants to live and work in Michigan is a great idea, but just how is he going to do that? What will the soon-to-be created Office of New Americans actually do?

It was nice to hear the governor acknowledge some of the great work going on in the Upper Peninsula, especially with a state government that all too often seems to forget about one of its two peninsulas.

But that was really the highlight of the speech. We were hoping for something with a little more substance, something that showed Michiganders the direction Snyder wants to take the state in as 2014 unfolds.

While he offered plenty of stories about programs that worked, we think he fell far short of offering the citizens of Michigan a vision of the future.

It’s important to know where we’ve been, but it’s equally important to know where we’re going. We wish Snyder could have shed a little light on how he thinks Michigan can achieve a brighter future and truly become the “Comeback State.”