Michigan residents have long lamented the “brain drain” that takes place when students educated inside the state leave for opportunities elsewhere.
On Wednesday, Gov. Rick Snyder fought back.
Chicago has been a popular landing site for those fleeing Michigan, and Snyder challenged those residents to stay put. “Do you want to be another yuppie in Chicago, or do you want to make a difference in Detroit?” he told the Detroit Free Press.
Snyder urged Michiganders to stay and help revitalize the city.
“No disrespect to Chicago, but they’ve got lots of young people, and you’re just going to blend in and be another person there,” he told the newspaper.
How could Snyder be so certain? He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1982. He worked in Detroit for seven years before accepting a job with Coopers & Lybrand out of state. Guess where? Chicago.