You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions.
Sometimes it is better to begin the journey, to get under way, then it is to sit back and wait until such time that you're convinced that all conditions are perfect and that there'll be no surprises along the route.
Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they're not teaching because of the financial rewards.
I had made a decision early on that we were going to do the right things and that if they worked we were going to be very successful. And if for some reason they didn't, all the claims and the protestations and the excuses wouldn't make any difference.
Despite these hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.
Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take.
I don't put labels on myself.
I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
Very few charter schools are being created in some of the best school districts in the state. If you're an educational innovator, that isn't where the greatest need is.
I've been in the legislative branch and now the executive branch and in each case I felt it was important we use our constitutional responsibilities to the fullest.
Manufacturers employ more than 14 million Americans doing what Americans do best, making things, building things, transforming raw materials into finished products.
We have broken the cycle of dependency. People have found out they're better off working.
And there should not be a limit on the creation of new public schools. We ought to expand choices for parents.
Believe me, I'm not going to try to get into testing.
I'm a compassionate conservative.
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