November 03, 2010 By now, we will have a new leader at the helm of the state but it will be quite some time before things will change.
Change can only occur if everyone gets on board with it—or at least makes a concerted effort to meet somewhere in the middle to find solutions.
In Michigan, this is a requirement. The biggest change in state government must begin with itself.
The new governor must follow through on campaign promises to address the top-heavy state employee burden, to streamline government and move in a new direction. Our public education system needs an overhaul. Michigan families need access to quality education from early childhood on through university.
This means making some tough choices that affect individuals and their families. Everyone needs to come to the table willing to honestly assess the situation and do what is necessary to rescue our state.
Legislators must also take a look from within. Is a full-time legislature really necessary in a state that is sliding further into an economic black hole? In the situation we're in there's no room for partisan politics and the only "special interest group" should be the residents of the state of Michigan.
There is literally no room for partisan politics and rhetoric. A long term plan and willingness to do what it takes to put it into action is required.