By NIKKI YOUNK
IRON MOUNTAIN - Dickinson County Board of Commissioners Chair Henry Wender said that he was pleased with Michigan Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State address.
"I enjoyed it (the speech), it was optimistic," he said. "It looks as though Michigan is making some progress."
Wender added that he was glad the governor mentioned local lawmakers Senator Tom Casperson in reference to transportation and Representative Ed McBroom in reference to education.
According to Wender, two state issues that will be affecting local municipalities in the coming year are personal property tax reform and unfunded mandates.
"It could cost us $200,000," he said about personal property tax reform.
As for unfunded mandates, Wender said that he hopes the state can start offering more funding so the burdens do not fall on the counties.
State Representative of the 110th District Scott Dianda, D-Calumet, also offered his comments on the address.
He felt that Republican policies have hurt Michigan's middle class families and have not kick-started an economic recovery.
"The people can read between the lines of the governor's speech - he hasn't changed his priorities at all. He's going to keep making our middle class families pay for handouts to corporations," said Dianda. "Two years ago they said these corporate giveaways would create jobs - well Governor, we're still waiting."
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