Rick Snyder on Government Reform
Vetoed voter identification bill
Tea party conservatives criticize the first-term governor for vetoing a voter identification bill, proposing higher fees and taxes to fix Michigan roads, and supporting an Obama administration bailout of the auto industry early in the term.
Snyder, finishing the third year of his first four-year term in the only political office he's ever held, says he's neither
RINO nor radical, but a governor who's doing what he can to turn the state's economy fully to the positive. "I'm a person that doesn't get overly focused on politics,"
Snyder said. "I don't spend time worrying about what the far right or the far left thinks. It's really a case of, 'Here's a problem, here's common sense, here's a solution.'"
Source: Macomb Daily on 2014 Michigan Governor race
, Dec 10, 2013
No photo ID for absentee voting
Legislative Summary:A person who applies in person to register to vote shall identify himself or herself by presenting an official state identification card issued to that person. The secretary of state shall develop a voter registration
training program for third-party voter registration organizations that teaches the proper procedure for taking a voter registration application.
Veto Summary:SB754 precludes voter registration groups from receiving and delivering
registration applications until at least one member of their organization has received training. While our current Secretary of State would be very proactive on offering training, it is important to ensure that future officials provide proper training.
Voting rights are precious and we need to work especially hard to make it possible for people to vote.
Legislative Outcome:Passed Senate 26-11-1, Feb. 14; passed House 66-43-1, June 12; vetoed by Gov. Snyder, July 3
Source: Michigan Legislative voting records on SB754 & SB803
, Jul 3, 2012
Michigan Dashboard: measure progress & present it publicly
We are creating a means by which to actually measure Michigan's progress. I find it curious that we've had State of the State addresses for decades. Yet I don't know of one where we actually had a report card to gauge our success. Government tends to
avoid measures and metrics, since it could lead to criticism. It is time for that attitude to disappear. True success is based on achieving real results for real people. We're going to have tough, hard measurements. Our achievements or lack of progress
will be evident, so tonight I'm presenting the Michigan Dashboard.
I will present a summary of this dashboard in every State of the State address I give. It is composed of 21 different measures in five key areas. The measurable areas are economic
growth, health and education, value for government, quality of life and public safety. These areas align with how we've organized the executive branch into the group executive structure.
Source: 2011 Michigan State of the State Address
, Jan 19, 2011
Make Michigan a national leader in transparency and ethics
Michigan's citizens are tired of the divisive political culture in Lansing. Midnight deals, closed doors meetings, lobbyists, and special interest influence have stood in the way of long-term solutions. As Governor,
I will ensure that government is open, fair, and accountable to the citizens by making Michigan a national leader in transparency and ethics.
Source: Campaign website, governorelectricksnyder.com, "Vision"
, Nov 2, 2010