Apparently, the governor's mansion in the Capitol is not good enough for Michigan Governor-elect Rick “Chief Executive Outsourcer” Snyder, who is choosing to stay in his million dollar home in a gated community outside Ann Arbor and commute to Lansing.
Some people might say: ‘great, the Outsourcer deciding to become the first governor not to live in the executive residence since it was donated to the state in 1969 will save the cash-strapped state some money,’ but the fact is it will cost us more in the long run.
The mansion must still be maintained at a cost of $40,000 a year, and it will be used for some ceremonial functions and receptions. But the Outsourcer’s decision will be a real headache for the Michigan State Police who are assigned to guard and provide security for the Governor. According to the Detroit Free Press, the Lansing residence has extensive security systems and an MSP facility on-site.
Some people are even upset at the decision, but he admitted the public probably could care less. However, the arrogance of the Outsourcer is amazing.
According the Free Press, Richard McLellan, a Lansing attorney who chaired a foundation that raised money for the executive residence in the 1990s, said the constitutional requirement was added to "enhance the capital city as the seat of government... and increase the dignity of the office."
"It's not up to any one person to reject it,” he told the Free Press. “The constitution doesn't say, 'The state shall maintain a reception hall for the governor's use.' It says, 'The state shall maintain an executive residence.'"
I was lucky enough to attend a reception at the Governor’s residence, and it is something I will not soon forget.