Looking Back: A 2014 SOTS Recap

Adam Robarge and Jack Schmitt inside the Capital Building

This time last week, Governor Snyder was preparing for his State of the State address in Lansing, and we were preparing to cover it on all fronts. The annual address is the Governor’s opportunity to lay out a vision for the next year, and identify his priorities. For Michigan LCV, it was our job to hold the Governor accountable for prioritizing Michigan’s natural resources, and cover the conservation angles for our members.

On the day of the address MLCV staff were on site in Lansing to meet and greet with state legislators in the capital building. Joining them all the way from Marquette was Michigan LCV member and super-volunteer Adam Robarge. Adam has been an invaluable asset to our work in the UP. We were honored for him to represent us in the Capitol, where he watched the Governor speak from inside the gallery. [Check out Adam with MLCV Deputy Director Jack Schmitt inside the Capital]. 

And now, Here’s a recap of our coverage:

Watch Parties

We set up watch parties in Ann Arbor and Kalamazoo to gather with others looking to see Gov. Snyder take a leadership role on protecting Michigan’s natural resources and pushing for strong clean energy policy.

Live Tweets from Lansing

Throughout the evening, MLCV provided up the minute commentary on the Governor’s speech as it related to our state’s natural resources:

Immediate Response

After the speech, we went Live on YouTube to broadcast our response to the Governor’s remarks, and many of you shot us questions @MichiganLCV with #AskMLCV and #MISOTS.

We updated our gubernatorial report card right away.

We graded Governor Snyder’s remarks on “How Green is Your Governor?” - assigning a high score for his call to invest in protections against aquatic invasive species such as Asian carp. But, his brief mention of a “comprehensive energy plan” resulted in a yellow for neutral. We were hoping for a more substantive discussion of the encouraging energy plan the Governor rolled out in December.

You can find our full explanation and Gov. Snyder’s running score on our "How Green is Your Governor?" page. 

Looking Forward

The 2014 State of the State highlighted a few conservation success stories and promising investments for the health of Michigan’s fisheries and freshwater, but it left us hanging on a call to action for strong clean energy policy in 2014. Nevertheless, our work continues in 2014. We look forward to the Governor taking the lead on applying his “no wait state” philosophy to Michigan’s energy future, and the state legislature getting policy on the books that invests in renewables and energy efficiency.