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      Governor Snyder at annual U.P. State Fair luncheon

      Governor Rick Snyder visited the Upper Peninsula State Fair for the annual Delta County Chamber of Commerce Governor's Luncheon.

      The governor addressed a crowd of about 400 people. "I'm not here today to share a whole bunch of accomplishments," said Snyder. Speaking for one hour, Snyder fielded questions from area residents. One of the topics included investing in education. He spoke about how money is one thing, but there needs to be a plan on how it would translate into the classroom. Other questions involved Medicaid expansion, the Affordable Healthcare Act, Great Lakes water levels, and road funding.

      He said, "I come every August and I look for this luncheon as a key event because it's a great chance to get wonderful people together, to talk about how Michigan is doing and we're improving. Things are getting better across the state and in the U.P., but let's keep going. There's more work to be done."

      Governor Snyder also told the crowd that he wakes up every morning with a sense of urgency. He said he operates in "dog years," realizing that each day he will be governor one less day.

      The luncheon, sponsored by Michigan Works!, the Job Force Board, The Daily Press, The Upper Peninsula Power Company, Great Lakes Timber Professionals and the U.P. State Fair Authority, is usually a sellout event.