As part of Governor Snyder’s mobile office tour of 19 cities in the Upper Peninsula, three of his representatives visited Babycakes Muffin Co. in downtown Marquette this morning.
They were promoting a couple initiatives, including “Let’s Do Something Michigan,” a group that focuses on promoting community involvement and volunteering. It was the brainchild of a group of young people invited to offer their thoughts about how to improve Michigan, said David Nyberg, the director for the governor’s office in Northern Michigan.
He also said there will be a townhall meeting Monday, June 17 from 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at the Presque Isle Pavilion organized by the Michigan Mental Health and Wellness Commission, which Snyder created this February. Community members are invited to testify for a maximum of 5 minutes (testimony must be submitted beforehand) about the needs and concerns surrounding mental health services in Michigan.
In response to recent criticism from Michigan’s Tea Party organization, Nyberg said that Snyder is focusing on relentless positive action, specifically on the issues of creating jobs and the education our state’s young “emerging leaders,” whom Snyder wants to see stay and thrive in Michigan.
So far on their tour, Judy Robinson, constituent relations representative, said that the big concerns they’ve heard voiced so far have been about roads and schools. Having just come from Newberry, she cited the 900 square mile area the school system serves, and the over-burdening expense of bus service.
One woman from Teaching Family Homes brought up the new Medicaid expansion, wondering how physicians would serve the new influx of medicaid patients with the heavy paperwork requirements and low fees. Nyberg agreed that this was a concern, saying that Snyder’s staff would stay in contact with her as they continue to identify and solve the problems associated with the program at the state level.
She also wondered about the recent buyout of the Eagle Mine by the Canadian company, Lundene Mining, which he confirmed, saying that he did not anticipate its having a negative impact on the local economy.