adam zemke http://wemu.org en Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address http://wemu.org/post/washtenaw-county-lawmakers-respond-governor-rick-snyders-state-state-address <link href="“http://wemu.org/post/michigan-state-state-address-2014”" rel="standout" /> </p><p></p><p> <meta content="Michigan, State of the State, Rick Synder, Reinventing Michigan" name="news_keywords" /><p><iframe frameborder="no" height="166" scrolling="no" src="https://w.soundcloud.com/player/?url=https%3A//api.soundcloud.com/tracks/129977757&amp;color=000000&amp;auto_play=false&amp;show_artwork=false" width="100%"></iframe></p><p><strong>SEE ALSO:&nbsp;</strong><a href="http://wemu.org/post/michigan-state-state-address-2014"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Michigan State of the State Address 2014</span></a></p><div>&nbsp;</div><p>55th District State Representative Adam Zemke says he heard some positive things in Governor Rick Snyder's State of the State Address.&nbsp; Zemke however says the details of the speech leave some questions.&nbsp; He says the governor's statements on increased K-12 education funding left out the fact that without increases in direct per-pupil funding means more money isn't getting to classrooms.</p><p><br />Zemke says he did appreciate the governor talking about work on educator effectiveness since excellent teachers and administrators are the key.&nbsp; He says when it comes to discussion of the projected surplus lawmakers need to remember most of it is one time money.&nbsp; He says tax relief should be focused on the lowest income residents that have seen tax hikes while Snyder has been in office.<br /><br />53rd District State Representative Jeff Irwin says he heard what he expected in Governor Rick Snyder's state of the state address.&nbsp; Irwin says in an election year Snyder tried to wipe away his record on taxes, education, and other areas.&nbsp; Irwin says Snyder carefully parsed his words on issues like tax reductions to make statements that are off the reality most residents are facing.&nbsp; He says it was disappointing Snyder didn't talk about energy policy or higher education at all in his address.&nbsp; He says the projected surplus should go back to the pensioners and low-income workers whose higher taxes created the surplus.</p><p>54th District State Representative David Rutledge says Governor Rick Snyder had a lot of lovely rhetoric in his state of the state address, but he says the governor has backslid on promises in the past.&nbsp; Rutledge says he supports greater investment in early childhood education but the governor's statements on the issue left out the fact the funds came from k-12 education.&nbsp; He says by counting funds for teacher pensions the governor may be accurate in saying more money is going to k-12, he says more money isn't going to classrooms.<br /> Fri, 17 Jan 2014 04:22:42 +0000 Andrew Cluley 40324 at http://wemu.org Washtenaw County Lawmakers Respond to Governor Rick Snyder's State of State Address Zemke Says Education and Jobs are Top Priorities http://wemu.org/post/zemke-says-education-and-jobs-are-top-priorities <p>Newly-elected 55th district state representative Adam Zemke says he's ready to get to work in Lansing, with education and jobs topping his list of priorities.&nbsp; Hear more from WEMU's Bob Eccles.</p><p></p><p></p> Fri, 11 Jan 2013 13:39:50 +0000 Bob Eccles 24134 at http://wemu.org