Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette comes to Bay City

By: Michael Piwowarski, photojournalist

The Bay Area Chamber of Commerce gave a warm welcome to Bill Schuette – Michigan’s attorney general and a Republican candidate for governor – on Thursday, April 3 for its “Leading the Way” speaker series.

Lunch was served at the Bay Valley Resort and Conference Center, with the Midland native giving a speech about his record in politics after offering coffee to the attendants.

“Everyone’s been very kind; it doesn’t always happen that way in my line of work,” remarked Schuette, upon beginning his speech after being introduced by Dominic Monastiere, executive in residence at Saginaw Valley State University and former Chemical Bank executive.

Schuette touted several of his accomplishments as Michigan attorney general, including Michigan v. EPA and his handling of the opioid crisis, the Flint water crisis and human trafficking.

“My job is to defend the Constitution, my job is to enforce the law and I’ve got a record of accomplishment that is important to this state,” said Schuette.

While in office, Schuette started the Opioid Trafficking and Interdiction Unit, which assists local authorities with enforcing the supply of prescription drugs and doctors’ over-prescriptions of patients.

“Opioids know no boundaries,” said Schuette. “They impact people, no matter their race, no matter their gender, no matter whether they’re rich or poor.”

During his speech, Schuette talked about his run for governor and discussed some of his top political issues, including education, jobs and population growth, and his desire to be America’s “jobs governor.”

“America is supposed to be a place described as a shining city on a hill,” said Schuette. “If you can’t read the directions to get to the shining city on the hill, then there’s no opportunity.”

Schuette cited various statistics, including Michigan being the most expensive state in the U.S. for auto insurance, Michigan’s population decrease due to job loss – as made evident by the decrease in congressional districts from 19 to 14 over the years – and Michigan’s low proficiency rate of children finishing third grade.

Schuette promised to improve on these issues as governor, working to crack down on insurance fraud, rebuild schools, create jobs and ultimately help increase Michigan’s population.

“The next governor is going to have 2 years to either increase this capital or see it erode,” said Schuette. “We need to have bold aspirations. We need to have big hopes and dreams.”

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