Michigan Gov. Snyder makes campus stop for WMUK taping

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Snyder

KALAMAZOO—Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder visited the Western Michigan University campus July 25 to tape an interview for WMUK-FM's recently launched news and public affairs show "WestSouthwest."

The far-ranging session touched on a variety of topics through questions posed by program host Gordon Evans, Jennifer Bowman of the Battle Creek Enquirer and Alex Mitchell of MLive and the Kalamazoo Gazette. Subjects covered included Detroit's bankruptcy filing, that city's prospects for attracting talent, K-12 education funding, extending Medicaid, environmental issues in West Michigan, municipal consolidations and potholes.

In extensive remarks about Detroit, Snyder alluded to 60 years when "the tough decisions weren't made" by city government. That city government, he said, had become an obstacle counteracting all the positive things that are going on in Detroit.

"Enough is enough," he maintained.

Late in the interview, talk turned to politics and whether Snyder had decided to run again for the gubernatorial post and how he felt about the prospect of pushback from Michigan Tea Party sympathizers.

"That's democracy," the governor said.

The full 30-minute interview is scheduled to air at 9:20 a.m. Wednesday, July 31, on WMUK at 102.1 FM.