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.
Redistricting is one of the purest actions a legislative body can take.
And there should not be a limit on the creation of new public schools. We ought to expand choices for parents.
I'm a compassionate conservative.
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 asbestos problem impacts everyone.
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.
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 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.
We didn't pass any constitutional amendments that affected the executive branch while I was governor.
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.
I've gone from being one of the youngest governors to now the longest consecutive serving governor in the country.
Michigan is also the only industrial state that has a AAA credit rating.
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.
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.
I think we've got outstanding teaching in Michigan classrooms.
Despite these hurdles, manufacturers in the U.S. and their employees are doing remarkable work.
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