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How Gov. Snyder fared on 2014 State of the State initiatives as he preps for 2015 version


LANSING, Michigan — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder launches his second-term agenda with a State of the State speech Tuesday outlining priorities such as a focus on jobs in the skilled trades and a re-evaluation of government programs.

But he also has unfinished business from his 2014 address.

As promised, he created an office to attract immigrants and won federal approval so Michigan can run a visa center seeking foreign entrepreneurs.

Yet Snyder ran into resistance over bills that would put in place a new evaluation system for teachers and fashion an "early-warning" system so the state can intervene in districts with financial problems.

A planned tax cut didn't materialize. He did win legislative approval of a $1.2 billion road funding increase, though it's contingent on a statewide sales tax hike vote in May.

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