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Decision 2018: Michigan Primary Gubernatorial candidate Republican Bill Schuette

Attorney's General Bill Schuette, State of Michigan

WGVU’s Decision 2018 continues the countdown to the August 7th primary profiling the gubernatorial candidates. WGVU asks Republican Bill Schuette three questions.

Q: What is your plan for expanding the state’s economy?

A: “As governor I will cut the Granholm income tax which has cost families $8 billion. It should be in their pockets instead of the government. Second, I’m going to lower auto insurance rates and give Michigan families a big pay raise and improve our third grade reading scores which are among the lowest in the nation. When I’m governor Michigan’s children will read.”

Q: How would you improve the state’s educational outcomes?

A: “Well, my wife and I attended public schools and so did our children but for too many families they’re trapped in schools that are failing. I would grade our schools A through F, provide grants for those schools that are higher performing, and I’ll put a culture of reading by having a literacy director as a cabinet level official in the Schuette administration.”

Q: How would you improve and fund state’s infrastructure?

A: “You know, having an investment, continued and enhanced revenues for roads and bridges is important for Michigan’s future. You can’t be a first-world economic power for a third-world road system. So, I would number one, have a complete review of MDOTs approaches. Second, guarantees and warrantees for roads and bridges and it has to be the priority, one of the key priorities, in state government with a budget of $58 billion.”

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.