Governor Snyder to give 7th State of the State address to Legislature

Posted at 6:29 AM, Jan 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-17 06:36:13-05

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Gov. Rick Snyder will deliver his seventh State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature.

The Republican’s speech Tuesday night comes a year after he devoted much of his address to discussing Flint’s water emergency at a time he faced heavy criticism for failures that led to and prolonged the crisis.

He will again surely discuss Flint, where officials say lead levels continue to decrease. The state has allocated hundreds of millions of dollars toward the man-made disaster.

Snyder has been tight-lipped about his speech. But he has spoken often of how Flint’s woes should spur a commitment to replacing aging water pipes and other infrastructure across Michigan.

Funding is an issue. His call last year for $165 million resulted in $5 million instead.