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WATCH: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testify before Congress on job creation

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on job creation.
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Michigan Governor Rick Snyder testifying before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce on job creation.

Update 11:50 a.m.

Snyder's portion of the hearing has ended. The committee now moves on to Panel 2 of the hearing.

In his final statement to the committee, Governor Snyder urged members of Congress to work with the Obama administration to come up with solutions for the country.

Earlier, Snyder commented on education, Snyder said only 17 percent of students in Michigan are college ready, "that's a travesty," he said.

Snyder said most students only think of traditional career paths while they're in school - doctors, lawyers, etc. - more students, he said, need to aspire to careers that are needed in the workforce, such as computer programming.

"Cyber schooling is a huge opportunity in the state," said Snyder.

11:34 p.m.

When asked about right-to-work legislation, Governor Snyder reiterated previous comments he has made that state legislators should be focused on more important issues.

Snyder said he wants to avoid issues, like right-to-work, that create more divisions among citizens in the state.

Connecticut Governor Malloy said his state has a lower unemployment rate than the right-to-work state of South Carolina.

Update 11:15 a.m.

Governor Snyder is fielding many questions from the committee this morning. More questions are being directed at Snyder than Governor Malloy of Connecticut.

Snyder urges politicians in Washington D.C. to deal with the federal deficit. He says the lack of a long-term deficit plan is harming the nation's economy. The lack of a long-term plan, he says, is creating uncertainty in the market - and uncertainty harms job creation.

11:00 a.m.

Snyder testifies on the auto bailouts saying that bankruptcy might have been an option if one company was involved, but since there were two companies, the whole supply chain was at stake.

If nothing was done, Snyder said, Ford Motor Company could have been taken down - the entire industry was at stake.

10:30 a.m.

Governor Snyder wrapped up his opening testimony saying he came to Washington D.C. not to blame the federal government, but to seek partnerships. He described his actions in Michigan using his motto of "relentless positive action."

The Q & A period is starting now.

9:55 a.m.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder will testify before the U.S. House Committee on Education and the Workforce alongside Connecticut Governor Dannel Malloy.

Both will offer their thoughts on policy recommendations for job creation.

Governor Snyder is "expected to recommend Wednesday that the federal government allow more foreign students to remain in the country after they obtain degrees from American universities," according to the Associated Press.

The AP reports that President Obama also wants to lift some visa caps so more high-skilled foreign workers can stay and work.


Mark Brush was the station's Digital Media Director. He succumbed to a year-long battle with glioblastoma, an aggressive brain cancer, in March 2018. He was 49 years old.
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