Rick Snyder – Republican for Governor

Audio clip: Adobe Flash Player (version 9 or above) is required to play this audio clip. Download the latest version here. You also need to have JavaScript enabled in your browser.

To download this MP3 or listen on a smartphone that doesn’t allow flash, click here.

With the elections in November nearing, Republican nominee for governor, Rick Snyder, has three promises to make to Michigan citizens. Snyder begins by promising to create jobs in the state. Specifically, Snyder zeroes in on the Michigan Business Tax, calling it “a job killer” and “fundamentally unfair.”

Instead, Snyder wants to replace the Michigan Business Tax with a flat, six-percent corporate income tax. “Let’s get that ‘Open for Business’ sign up,” says Snyder.

Mr. Snyder’s second promise is to restore Michigan’s cities, particularly Detroit. Snyder says the strength of Michigan’s cities is “fundamental” to the state’s success, adding, “We need to have a place, not only for the people living in those cities, so they have good opportunities to have a family life, to have a career there, but we need to open up our cities for our young people… They’re looking for an urban environment and we need to create that environment so they’ll stay here instead of going to Chicago or some other big city.”

As to how he plans to help Michigan cities, Snyder explains, “The role of governor is not to run a city, but it’s to partner with the people in the city and we can do a much better job of that.”

Speaking specifically of Detroit, Snyder says, “I believe Mayor Bing is doing a great job. And we’ve got good leadership there, but they need a partner in the State to be working with them.” Snyder says that the main challenge facing Detroit and other cities is not a problem of understanding what needs to be done. Rather, Snyder says the primary challenge is “the full implementation of the changes and the reforms that need to be made.”

For his third promise, Mr. Snyder draws on his business background, vowing to treat Michigan’s citizens as customers. The government in Lansing should be asking citizens two questions, says Snyder, namely, “How can we help you succeed?” and “How can we get out of your way?”

Snyder continues, “We need to show you value for money. We need to move away from the current bureaucratic model which is about spending billions of dollars on lots of activities, and we actually need to show that there’s some positive return on investment to society when we actually do work.”

“Fundamentally,” says Snyder, “government should be treating its citizens as a customer. That’s just something they deserve from many, many years, and it’s time to have that happen.”

As to the importance of his specific promises, Snyder says, “We need to get our state going. We’re suffering economically and we have a broken government… The role of government isn’t to create jobs. It’s to create an environment where jobs flourish.”

He adds, “If we want to have a flourishing quality of life and great places for our young people, we need to get our cities going.”

– By Eliot Johnson

Bookmark and Share
  • Shirley

    After reading the article about 48 month cap on Walfare Benefits heads to Snyder. If Gov Rick Snyder signed this Bill,  passed  in the House and Senate 73-34 the voters should protestest like the voters in WI, and Ohio, Minnsota.
    The Republicans are supporting "American Legislative Exchange Council" better know as "ALEC".
    Corporation invest million of dollars each year to promote the careers of thousands of state legislators and secure passage to legislation that puts corporate interests ahead of the interest of ordinary American.
    Corporation like Wal-Mart, Coca-Cola- Koch Indestries, AT&T just to name a few.
    In 2010 we had to deal with the Billionaires Koch brothers Charles and David because they were exposed.
    But Newspapers like Cnn, Msnbc will not mention the American Legislative Exchange Council, and why they are fighting for corporation, and if you listen to the Presidental Candidates they are talking also about corporation, except Ron Paul wheo says corporation is not people.
    This is why the Republican's refused to increase Tax on corporation and Big Oil company, but they are willing to cut Social Security, Medicare, and Medicaid and this is just what Rick Synder will do if the signed this Bill, kick all these American's of  Medicaid, come Nov. all three of these entitlement programs will be on the table. But no roll back of Bush Tax cuts, or increase for Corporations.
    Search and Read about ALEC, they have over 200 model Bill in all 50 State.  We are headed back to the 60's.

  • Even though Republican leaders gave Dayton's tax plans little chance of passing, they were eager to mobilize anti-tax opposition. "It seems like the governor is looking at Minnesota as an island with this budget and an island he will be creating with ...

blog comments powered by Disqus

About “Three Things”

Throughout 2010, Michigan Radio's Morning Edition host Christina Shockley asked artists, politicians, business owners, teachers, and people from all walks of life to give us their three ideas for things each of us can do to revive our state.
RSS Feed

Please use the hashtag
#threethings on Twitter:

Michigan Radio
Generation Y Michigan
Michigan Radio Picture Project
Facing the Mortgage Crisis
Michigan Radio Facebook page

Presented by