Hope for a Michigan Turnar­­ound

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In a rapidly changing economic and political landscape, many business owners we talk to are concerned that even more governmental change will slow them down or increase costs. I understand this concern, but here’s why I’m looking forward to 2011:

Electing a CEO

Maybe I’m partial, but I think hiring a CEO to fix an economy is a great idea. As a businessperson and entrepreneur, Governor-elect Rick Snyder understands our challenges and the urgency for change. So far, he is a politician that speaks our language. It’s not just about the campaign rhetoric that matters though. I’m looking forward to seeing what he can do to translate his promises into action.

Farewell to Partisanship?

Mr. Snyder famously campaigned as an outsider, and his early hiring decisions and political alliances support the notion that he’ll do what’s right for Michigan without regard for party politics and re-election prospects. We had all certainly hoped this would be the case nationally; unfortunately we have only seen partisanship intensify.

Snyder’s inclusion of Democratic rival Andy Dillon as State Treasurer shows he’s off to a good start. It also appears that he has a good relationship with Detroit Mayor Dave Bing that predates both of their political careers. This partnership across the political aisles and between Lansing and Detroit is exciting. Michigan could be on the path to becoming a political model for other states and the federal government!

Will he stay true to this posture as he gets more entrenched in Lansing politics or will he succumb to party pressures as so many have done before him? I can’t answer this question, but I am on the edge of my seat to see how this unfolds. In the meantime, I hope to see some positive changes for Michigan business — for those of us who are already here and the new business we need to attract.

Talk to You Soon….

I look forward to sharing my thoughts with you regularly through this blog feature and hearing your comments.

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