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Governor Snyder To Deliver 2016 State of the State Address

Governor Rick Snyder will deliver his State of the State address Tuesday night and there is plenty he’s expected to talk about.

The governor’s speech comes in the midst of the Flint water crisis, an issue he’s expected to spend a lot of time on.

But the governor will also highlight some issues that will impact Northern Michigan.

9&10’s David Lyden is in Lansing with tonight’s top story and preview of what to expect.

Tuesday’s speech is being watched by people across the country as Governor Snyder delivers his State of the State address.

Tonight they will be waiting for his plan to deal with the Flint water crisis but he will also talk about issues that impact Northern Michigan.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle say they hope money continues to go towards tourism here in Northern Michigan.

Lawmakers agree that those programs need to continue existing, and Michigan needs to have programs that support it continue.

They also want to make sure offices to promote economic growth are properly funded, especially for parts of Northern Michigan, and say that’s crucial for the governor to address.

“It is one that represents central and northern Michigan. Something that’s very important to me is what will appropriations look like for our communities as we go forward,” says Speaker of the House Kevin Cotter. “These are all ongoing priorities that we have each year, as all communities do, but also making sure this budget really celebrates what is so important to Northern Michigan and the way of tourism, something we do exceptionally well.”

House Democratic leader Tim Greimel says, “Our state is at a crossroads where we have seen the administration and legislative Republicans have repeatedly put the interest of corporations and billionaire CEOs before the interest of everyday people in this state.”

Greimel adds, "If we’re going to be successful and strong as a state we need to make sure we have an economy that works for everybody, not just the wealthy and well-connected, not just corporations and their billionaire CEOs, but an economy that extends opportunity for a better future to all Michigan residents.”

Governor Snyder is also planning to talk about the state’s budget.

Both Democrats and Republicans hope to hear what the governor wants to include in it.

They also want to see the governor commit money for all of education as well as an investment.

Snyder is also expected to outline an energy policy and corrections reforms in tonight’s speech.

There is a heavy presence of protestors in Lansing upset with the governor’s handling of the Flint water crisis, only adding to the pressure already on him to deliver answers on the water crisis.

Many of those protesters asking for the governor’s resignation, something very unlikely to happen.