The nation’s governors are squaring off against a dysfunctional Washington — implementing their own programs to create jobs, rebuild infrastructure, lower property taxes, and improve education.

“We’re not waiting,” Michigan’s Republican Gov. Rick Snyder told The Wall Street Journal at a meeting of the National Governors Association in Washington, D.C. “It would really be great for them to solve the mess here, but in the meantime we’re going to do what we can.”

Snyder cited a program begun last year in Michigan to reduce unemployment in some of the state’s hardest-hit areas, the Journal reports. The effort is a public-private partnership that has exceeded its goal of placing 1,000 workers, he said.

In another public-private venture, Michigan has created a $5 million program to provide loans to small businesses in the state, with a pilot program beginning in Detroit.

Governors told the Journal that Washington’s preoccupation with the November congressional elections have prevented officials from acting decisively on issues critical to the states.