Michigan Governor Rick Snyder held his second State of the State Address Wednesday night in Lansing since taking office.

In his 2011 address, he said he spoke about reinventing Michigan and job one, was jobs.

“We were essentially tired and broken in 2011; we made large strides to make Michigan a great state again. We came together and worked with relentless positive action at a dog year’s pace.” Snyder stated.

There are 21 points to what he calls the dashboard, and he hit on five of them, and the first was jobs.

“Our unemployment in the last 12 months has dropped from 11.1 percent to 9.3 percent.” Snyder stated. The entire room erupted in applause and cheers. Later in his speech, he encouraged Michigan employers to really focus on hiring Iraq and Afghanistan war veterans; their unemployment in the state equals roughly 29 percent. For those looking for employment, the governor encouraged them to check out the 70,000 jobs posted on a new website www.mitalent.org.

In November, Gov. Snyder said the unemployment rate fell below 10 percent for the first time in three years. He pointed out that Michigan added nearly 50,000 private sector jobs in 2011, which was faster improvement than the United State’s average.

The second dashboard point was the focus on obesity.

“Number two is one we haven’t done as well, obesity in our state has increased one percent to 32 percent of our population.” Snyder said. He pointed out the key is not government responsibility, but personal responsibility. He announced a new program called “Pure Michigan Fit” which is a partnership between Gerber, Michigan Grocers Association along with Michigan Health and Hospital Association to help with nutrition to raise healthy, happy children.

Number three on his list, was college readiness, which increased from 16 percent to 17 percent.

“This is unacceptable. We need to be 100 percent college and career ready for our young people.” Snyder said.

Snyder then transitioned to Michigan’s bond rating.

“Our actual rating didn’t change but we’re moving in a positive direction. One of the bond rating agencies has increased our outlook from neutral to positive, a good sign that we’re heading in the right direction.”

While crime statistics in the state improved, however,  the governor said Michigan has four of the top 10 cities on the most violent crime list for the United States which includes Flint, Saginaw, Pontiac and Detroit.

Snyder vowed to resolve the crime issues in 2012.

In 2011, the government was able to put money in Michigan’s rainy day fund which was the first time that had been done since 2004. The governor said there was only enough money up until that point, to run the state’s government for 30 minutes.

The governor encouraged legislators to continue their work on helping those with autism.

“The human and financial costs of autism are too high, let’s address this important topic.” Snyder said.

Also getting a round of applause from the governor was a statement regarding the infrastructure.

“Almost no one in Michigan likes our road system; let’s solve this problem. I urge the legislature to begin hearings on this important issue.” Snyder stated.