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.
Nobody gets any guarantees.
The current Michigan Constitution was written in 1961 and 62.
As you look around the country there are still a significant number of states where their whole school debate is over school funding and we've been focused on the quality debate for most of the '90s.
Given the professionalism of Michigan teachers, I think they're not teaching because of the financial rewards.
I care about the children of Detroit.
As governor, I learned the importance of having an agenda.
The parent knows instinctively that if they're working and setting an example for their child that means that child is more likely to be in school, more likely to stay out of trouble and more likely to complete their education.
All 50 states had the same national economy. And on virtually any measurement you wish to look at, Michigan has moved up and improved against the others.
I don't put labels on myself.
I expect my next job to be outside government.
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.
I just have a position that any child that's in a failing school should be able to get out, or be in a position to have that school fixed.
I kept telling everyone I wasn't going to Washington to stay. I go to visit.
I'm a compassionate conservative.
The asbestos problem impacts everyone.
While America's infrastructure needs are substantial, there is no reason to delay completion of the highway bill. Every day of delay means jobs lost, investment opportunities missed and growth sacrificed.
Michigan is also the only industrial state that has a AAA credit rating.
I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
The greatest luck that I've had has been the ability to find men and women who came into my administration who worked with me and brought extraordinary talents that we were able to take full advantage of.
We didn't pass any constitutional amendments that affected the executive branch while I was governor.
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 have an old saying that the harder I work, the luckier I get.
I'm very pleased with the job President Bush is doing and he's off to a terrific start.
You win by working hard, making tough decisions and building coalitions.
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