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Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2012)

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A failed effort to recall Rick Snyder, a Republican elected in 2010, from his position as the Governor of Michigan was launched in April 2012.[1]

The effort followed a failed 2011 attempt to recall Synder where organizers fell fall short of the 806,522 signatures necessary.

The group behind the effort, Michigan Rising, announced on June 7, 2012 that they were ending the campaign after the failed recall of Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) made it clear how difficult their goal would be.[2]

Path to the ballot

Organizers held a rally at the state capitol on May 5, 2012, to kick off the recall petition drive, aiming to collect 1,000,000 signatures within 90 days. If the movement was successful a ballot initiative would have been put on the November 2012 ballot. If the initiative was approved a special election would have been held in February 2013.[3]

The recall language was approved on April 9, 2012. It stated:

Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan. He cut thousands of children off food aid. He robbed $400 million from the School Aid Fund, then slashed school payments. This forced children into crowded classes. Then he signed more laws that privatize services, attack teachers and blame unions. Snyder raised taxes on retirees and low and middle income working people, to make them pay $2 billion a year. At the same time, he gave an 86% tax cut, $1.7 billion, to large corporations. Snyder signed Public Act 4 of 2011, the Emergency Manager Law. Snyder used the law to take over cities and school districts. Snyder removed officials elected by the citizens. Snyder's agents broke contracts and sold off public property cheaply to corporations.
Richard Snyder has failed to pass a single law that helps Michigan citizens get jobs. He signed a law that cut state unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks, and caused Michigan workers to lose 16 weeks of federal benefits.[1]

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