How much do you know about John Nixon, our new State Budget Director? A fresh transplant from Utah, Governor Rick Snyder enticed him to come to Michigan to be a “part of the biggest state turnaround in history,” an offer he apparently couldn’t refuse.
While Nixon was happily entrenched in Utah as executive director of the Utah Governor’s Office of Planning and Budget, the promise of a significantly higher salary as well as the chance to be a part of history no doubt conspired to uproot him from his homestead.
In a recent interview with the Associated Press, Nixon cited Dale Carnegie’s “How To Stop Worrying And Start Living” as a book he’s currently reading, although as a father of six, he falls back on the Little Golden Book, “Daddy, I Love You” more often than not.
He’s now temporarily ensconced in a Lansing apartment, from which he walks to work, while he is in the home-buying process. He flies back and forth to Utah to visit his family until he can move all seven of them over here.
He’s got a tough challenge ahead of him, as Michigan’s budget shortfall could hit $2 billion next year. It’s not going to be an easy tenure.
Regardless of your politics, it’s always good to welcome eight new Michiganders to the fold. We wish them all the best of luck!