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Governor sits down in a one-on-one interview with TV5, answers tough questions

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Governor Rick Snyder talked about some of his highlights of the year in his sit-down interview with TV5.

He said he is proud the unemployment numbers are down to the lowest they've been in a while and legislature passed a package of bills to fund our roads.

But this year, there have certainly been some low-lights.

Governor Snyder said the Flint water crisis is one of those low-points.

“It is a problem that you wish never happened," Snyder said.

Flint children have been found to have elevated lead levels, a problem that has been attributed to the city switching its water source to corrosive Flint River water. It is also a problem many people blame directly on the Governor's office and the emergency manager Snyder appointed.

“People bring lawsuits for many reasons, and I can't really comment if it's in litigation," Snyder said.

Though he wouldn't comment on that, he did say it's too early to place blame and he has a panel working to get the bottom of it.

“People speculate a lot, and in many cases it's not based on what the facts really are, and I appreciate this group working hard to get the facts," Snyder said.

The Governor said the state helped fund the switch back to Detroit water and has offered up resources to the people of Flint. He also said he supports Flint Mayor Karen Weaver's state of emergency declaration seeking federal funds.

As he waits for those results, to the north, a $130-billion merger of Dow Chemical and DuPont.

It's yet to be seen what this means, but Snyder said he's hoping the company stays local.

“We want to see the combined entity do really well and hopefully select Michigan for continuing growth," Snyder said.

And another big issue, especially with the presidential campaigns heating up, is immigration. He talked about his perceived shift in position.

“I thought it appropriate to say let's not stop the pipeline we currently have coming, but let's pause before we dramatically expand programs to make sure we're doing everything possible, within reason, to make sure we're striking that right balance," Snyder said.

He said one issue he'll be taking a close look at early next year is the elimination of straight-party voting. He said Michigan is one of a few states that still has it, but said he wants to make sure it'll work here.

He also talked about the state’s crime and schools in our interview with him. To see the interview in its entirety, click the video player above.

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