The State of the State address is the annual report the governor provides to the legislature and other government agencies of the State of Michigan, plus the media and citizens of Michigan who are interested in the accomplishments and agenda of the governor and lawmakers. This year Governor Rick Snyder discussed such topics as employment in Michigan and our economic forecast, the condition of our roads, and initiatives for education across the state.
Wiseley was able to witness our Democracy in action, and he called it an evening of great ceremony and pride.
“The event includes what I would call a parade of the traditions of democracy in the State of Michigan,” Wiseley said. “It’s the same ceremony that has been used since the founding of our state, and it’s an occasion to watch and feel the pride we should all have in our system of government.” Wiseley indicated he was excited to share the traditions and pride he witnessed and experienced himself with his middle and high school students in Gobles.
Wiseley was invitied as the one guest allowed to Senator Schutimaker because over the years he has developed a strong connection to the senator.
“Senator Schuitmaker has an interest in our school district,” Wiseley said. “Over the years I’ve joined her at the Veteran’s Information Day in Van Buren County, and she has come out to Gobles on many occasions to work with government and history classes, and to talk about legislation. She really appreciates the Gobles school atmosphere where we get to know our kids in a small-school environment, but where she sees we expect a lot out of them.”
Wiseley said the event was something he enjoyed, and something that made a positive impression on him.
“The event is very different in person than what you see on television,” he said. “People are very friendly, and the evening is exciting, like attending a concert or the Super Bowl or something. I can’t tell you how many people thanked me for being a teacher, or who asked me my opinion about education in Michigan. Overall, I enjoyed getting a look at what the future holds in 2015 as the people we elected look for ways to improve the State of Michigan. It was a tremendous honor to be part of it.”