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In 2011, Snyder set up a [[501(c)(4)]] "civic action and social welfare" fund called The New Energy To Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund. The names of donors and how much they give are not required to be disclosed.<ref> [http://www.mcfn.org/related.php?article=381 ''Michigan Campaign Finance Network,'' "Watchdog: Snyder funds 'disturbing'," September 9, 2011] </ref> As such, the fund has been the source of controversy as Snyder has repeatedly rejected calls for transparency. Contributions to Snyder's campaign committee and PAC, meanwhile, have limits and donors have to be reported.<ref> [http://www.freep.com/article/20130815/NEWS06/308150069/NERD-Fund-Gov-Rick-Snyder-fund-raising-New-Energy-to-Reinvent-and-Diversify-Fund ''Detroit Free Press,'' "Fund-raising by Gov. Snyder's NERD Fund plummets in 2012," August 15, 2013] </ref>
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The NERD fund purports to "promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan." Spokesman for the governor Sara Wurfel confirmed the fund was used to pay the $100,000 salary of top adviser Rich Baird in 2012. IRS filings show the fund received $368,000 in contributions and grants in 2012, significantly less than the $1.3 million in 2011. The 2012 filings show the fund spent some $173,000 on travel expenses, $124,000 on management fees, $101,000 on office expenses, $49,000 on conferences and $30,000 on new fundraising.<ref> [http://www.mlive.com/politics/index.ssf/2013/08/michigan_gov_rick_snyders_nerd.html ''MLive,'' "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's NERD fund sees contributions drop off significantly in 2012," August 15, 2013] </ref>
  
 
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Rick Snyder
Rick Snyder.jpg
Governor of Michigan
Incumbent
In office
January 1, 2011 - Present
Term ends
January 2015
Years in position 3
PartyRepublican
PredecessorJennifer Granholm (D)
Compensation
Base salary$159,300
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 2, 2010
First electedNovember 2, 2010
Next generalNovember 4, 2014
Campaign $$12,626,334
Term limits2 terms
Education
Bachelor'sUniversity of Michigan (1977)
Master'sUniversity of Michigan Business School (1979)
J.D.University of Michigan Law School (1982)
Personal
ProfessionExecutive, Venture Capitalist
Websites
Office website
Rick Snyder is the current Republican Governor of Michigan. He has served in the post since January 1, 2011. Snyder won the Republican bid in the August 3, 2010 primary against Mike Bouchard, Mike Cox, Tom George and Pete Hoekstra and went on to an easy victory over Democrat Virg Bernero in the midterm general election on November 2, 2010.[1][2][3]

Before becoming Michigan's governor, Snyder worked as a businessman and attorney. He served as president and chief operation's officer for Gateway Computers and as partner of the law firm Coopers & Lyrand. He is also the founder of two investment and venture capital firms, Avalon and Ardesta LLC.

An analysis of Republican governors by Nate Silver of the New York Times in April 2013 ranked Snyder as the 28th most conservative governor in the country.[4]

Snyder is eligible for re-election in 2014, but has not yet announced whether he will seek a second term. In December 2012, in the wake of his passage of a "right-to-work" law that provoked heavy rioting, particularly from unions, a Public Policy Poll showed the governor's chances of winning another term having severely diminished compared to a similar poll released the previous month. His net approval tumbled a net -28 points, with respondents preferring each of the poll's four hypothetical Democratic challengers over Snyder for 2014.[5][6][7][8][9]

At a Republican leadership conference back in September 2011, Snyder told an interviewer that if he felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people." He went on to say he's "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," indicating that a bid for different office was not on the 2014 agenda should he decline to run for re-election as governor.[10]

Biography

A native of Battle Creek, Michigan, Rick Snyder had earned three degrees by the age of 23, all from the University of Michigan system where he also briefly taught accounting.[11]

After completing law school, Snyder joined Coopers & Lybrand for nine years before accepting a position with Gateway as an executive vice president. He moved up to become the company's President & COO in 1996, leaving the company a year later.[12][13]

Education

  • University of Michigan law School, J.D., 1982
  • University of Michigan Business School, MBA with Distinction, 1979
  • University of Michigan, Bachelors of General Studies with Distinction, 1977

Political Career

Governor of Michigan (2011-Present)

Snyder was first elected in 2010.[14][15][16][17][18]

Affordable Care Act ("Obamacare")

On February 6, 2013, Snyder spoke in support of a 25% expansion of Michigan's Medicaid rolls under the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. "We're all here to support expanding Medicaid...We're moving forward with care for people who need it," he said to a coalition of groups advocating for Michigan's inclusion in the optional federal program.[19] In order for Michigan to participate in the expansion, Snyder must induce the Republican-controlled State Legislature to overcome its skepticism about the federal health care law, under which states are promised three free years of expansion before federal government will begin paring back its funding. According to Sen. Roger Kahn (R), the chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, when the federal support is reduced to 90% in 2017, the state will owe an estimated $150 million-$200 million per year thereafter, not adjusting for inflation. Snyder argues that adding 470,000 low income Michigan residents currently ineligible for Medicaid to the rolls does not have to drain the state's coffers. His 2014 fiscal budget proposal to the Legislature included putting $103 million in a "health savings account," where half of the state's savings from no longer having to pay for those mental health services be set aside for 2017. "This is all about providing better care at a lower cost," Snyder said.[19][20][21][22][23][24][25]

Detroit bankruptcy

On July 18, 2013, Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr decided to file for bankruptcy for the city, making it the largest U.S. city to file for bankruptcy protection. Snyder, who early in his term pressed for increasing the state's ability to intervene in cities and schools that are hurting, resoundingly approved of the move, saying, "We looked through every other viable option."[26]

Snyder previously stated on multiple occasions since his election that the city would not go into bankruptcy.[27] Just two days before the announcement was made, Snyder said, "The goal is not to be in bankruptcy."[28] In the end, however, Snyder summed up the issue, saying, "Here was a problem 60 years in the making. The can was being kicked down the road for far too long. It was time to say enough was enough. Let's stop, let's stabilize, let's grow."[29]

Snyder vetoed the possibility of a federal bailout of Detroit, stating, "The state nor the federal government should just simply write checks to take care of liabilities. I haven't asked and I don't intend to ask."[30][31]

The creation of the emergency manager law was a contentious one that led in part to two unsuccessful attempts to recall Snyder from office. The original legislation, signed into law by Snyder on March 17, 2011, was repealed by voters in a referendum on November 6, 2012.[32] Lawmakers quickly passed a revised version of the law, which Snyder signed in late December.[33][34] Snyder then appointed Orr as Detroit's emergency manager in March 2013.[35]

Following the bankruptcy declaration, emails between the Snyder administration, Kevyn Orr, and Orr's law firm, Jones Day, emerged, showing bankruptcy was considered as early as January 2013. In an exchange on January 31, Jones Day lawyer Dan Moss told Orr, "It seems that the ideal scenario would be that Snyder and (Mayor Dave) Bing both agree that the best option is simply to go through an orderly Chapter 9. This avoids an unnecessary political fight over the scope/authority of any appointed emergency manager and, moreover, moves the ball forward on setting Detroit on the right track.”[36] Critics argued that the emails show bankruptcy was the plan all along, while administration officials said the process was transparent and that all options were considered.[37]

Snyder and Orr traveled to New York to try to sell investors on Detroit, calling Michigan the comeback state. "Detroit was a place where the last obstacle was a city government issue of debt and services," Snyder said, going on to say, "We're not just trying to shed debt. We're actually trying to make the city infrastructure — blight remediation, health, safety and welfare — better to attract people in."[38][39]

A poll released by bipartisan consulting firm Lambert, Edwards & Associates on July 31, showed Snyder with a 44 percent favorable rating, an increase from before the bankruptcy. 43 percent of those polled said they would re-elect him.[40]

Job creation ranking

In a June 2013 analysis by The Business Journals looking at 45 of the country's 50 governors by their job creation record, Snyder was ranked number 9. The five governors omitted from the analysis all assumed office in 2013. The ranking was based on a comparison of the annual private sector growth rate in all 50 states using data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.[41][42]

NERD fund

In 2011, Snyder set up a 501(c)(4) "civic action and social welfare" fund called The New Energy To Reinvent and Diversify (NERD) Fund. The names of donors and how much they give are not required to be disclosed.[43] As such, the fund has been the source of controversy as Snyder has repeatedly rejected calls for transparency. Contributions to Snyder's campaign committee and PAC, meanwhile, have limits and donors have to be reported.[44]

The NERD fund purports to "promote charitable causes including lessening the financial burdens of government in the state of Michigan." Spokesman for the governor Sara Wurfel confirmed the fund was used to pay the $100,000 salary of top adviser Rich Baird in 2012. IRS filings show the fund received $368,000 in contributions and grants in 2012, significantly less than the $1.3 million in 2011. The 2012 filings show the fund spent some $173,000 on travel expenses, $124,000 on management fees, $101,000 on office expenses, $49,000 on conferences and $30,000 on new fundraising.[45]

Tax reform

Snyder promised during his campaign to eliminate the “Michigan Business Tax,” which was costly and difficult to calculate. He was able to push through a bill in June 2011 replacing the tax with a flat 6 percent corporate income tax, estimating the state would recover the $1.8 billion in lost business tax revenues with $1.5 billion in higher personal income tax revenues. Current Michigan law requires the state income tax to drop to 3.9 percent by 2015. Governor Snyder's measure kept the income tax rate at a rate of 4.35 percent until January 1, 2013, when it dropped to 4.25 percent. During 2011, Michigan also became the first state in more than 50 years to cut state-level unemployment benefits. [46]

Snyder was also able to secure a controversial measure to extend the state's income tax to pensions, a move the governor said would bring $343 million in new revenue during the coming fiscal year. Public employees, who stood to lose about $90 million of the $343 million total, reacted with outrage. The Michigan State Employees Association promised to file a lawsuit to block the pension tax provision, arguing that taxing state employee pensions violated the constitutional prohibition against "impairing or diminishing a vested public pension." Snyder beat employees to the punch, asking the state supreme court to issue an advisory opinion on the issue by October 1.[47]

Overseas efforts

In June 2013, Synder met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as other Israeli officials and business leaders, in an effort to build business ties between Michigan and Israel.[48][49][50][51]

Recall effort

2012
See also: Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2012)

Recall language was approved against Snyder on April 9, 2012. It focused on his spending cuts that affected education, support for the emergency manager law, as well as a number of other issues.[52][53][54][55][56]

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.[57][58]

In order to force a recall, organizers would have had to collect 806,522 valid signatures, which accounted for 25% of the votes cast in the 2010 gubernatorial election, within a 90-day period.[59][60][61]

2011
See also: Rick Snyder recall, Michigan (2011)

Following his support for giving expanding powers to officials designated as emergency managers for financially insolvent municipalities, Snyder became the target of a recall spearheaded by a consortium of center-left activism groups.[62]

They began raising money and holding public events in late spring of 2011 and soon began collecting the nearly 1 million signatures they would need by July 1, 2011.

Early on, the chance that Snyder would be recalled were slim - something even those working to oust the governor conceded.

Organizers fell far short of their goal of 807,000 signatures by August 5 in order to get the measure on the November 8 ballot. Committee to Recall Rick Snyder communication director Tom Bryant said they would aim for a September 29 deadline to put it on a February 2012 ballot.[63]

On September 30, 2011, the group announced that it would fall short of its attempt to get on the February 2012 ballot.[64]

Issues

Presidential preference

2012

See also: Endorsements by state officials of presidential candidates in the 2012 election

Rick Snyder endorsed Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election. [65][66][67][68][69][70]

Snyder said of Romney, “He has a great combination of private sector experience, of knowing what it takes to create a job, and how difficult that is, how to succeed in the private sector. He also brings that experience of being the chief executive of a state, of understanding what it is to be in the public sector, and to be successful in running a state. That’s the experience we need in Washington.”[71][72][73][74][75]

Elections

2014

See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2014

Snyder is up for re-election in 2014 though he has not yet announced if he will seek another term as governor. In late 2011, he said that if felt satisfied with the legacy he established during his first term, he would be inclined to pass the torch to "better, smarter people." He went on to say he's "happy to go fishing, go teach or do something else," indicating that a bid for different office was not on the 2014 agenda should he decline to run for re-election as governor.[76][77]

If Snyder decides to run, he will seek the Republican nomination in the primary election on August 5, 2014. The general election takes place November 4, 2014.

Snyder has been targeted for defeat in 2014 by the AFL-CIO.[78]

2010

See also: Michigan gubernatorial election, 2010

Snyder first won election in 2010.[79] He won by more than 18 points with 44.34% of eligible voters turning out. [80]

Governor of Michigan, 2010
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Republican Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder 58.1% 1,874,834
     Democratic Virg Bernero 39.9% 1,287,320
     Green Harley Mikkelson 0.6% 20,699
     U.S. Taxpayers Stacey Mathia 0.6% 20,818
     Libertarian Ken Proctor 0.7% 22,390
     Write-in Write-in candidates 0% 27
Total Votes 3,226,088


The primary was held August 3, 2010. Snyder's win was a slight upset in the GOP field. However, he had polled strongly against Democrat Virg Bernero since before the primary and led by double digits in the first post-primary surveys taken.

Governor of Michigan, 2010
Candidate Vote % Votes
Green check mark transparent.pngRick Snyder 36.4% 381,588
Pete Hoekstra 26.9% 281,695
Mike Cox 23% 240,677
Mike Bouchard 12.2% 127,422
Tom George 1.6% 17,002
Total Votes 1,048,384

Campaign donors

Comprehensive donor information for Snyder is available dating back to 2010. Based on available campaign finance records, Snyder raised a total of $12,626,334 during that time period. This information was last updated on July 12, 2013.[81]

Rick Snyder's Campaign Contribution History
Year Office Result Contributions
2012 Governor of Michigan* Not up for election $123,854
2010 Governor of Michigan* Won $12,502,480
Grand Total Raised $12,626,334
*These funds represent a joint-ticket race with Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley.

2010

Ballotpedia collects information on campaign donors for each year in which a candidate or incumbent is running for election. The following table offers a breakdown of Rick Snyder's donors each year.[82] Click [show] for more information.


Personal

Snyder and his wife, Sue, married since 1987, reside in Ann Arbor, Michigan with their three children.[11]

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  1. Traverse City Record-Eagle, "Snyder wins GOP primary for governor," August 3, 2010
  2. ABC 11, " Snyder wins governor's race," November 3, 2010
  3. MLive, "Rick Snyder wins 2010 Michigan governor's race, according to various exit polls," November 2, 2010
  4. New York Times, "In State Governments, Signs of a Healthier G.O.P.," April 16, 2013
  5. Public Policy Polling, "Snyder's popularity plummets," December 18, 2012
  6. Public Policy Polling, "An early look at the 2014 governor landscape," November 12, 2012
  7. Politico, "Dem poll: Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder vulnerable," June 4, 2013
  8. MLive, "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder talks 2038 election -- not 2014 election -- at Mackinac Policy Conference," May 31, 2013
  9. Politico, "Michigan governor race 2014: Former Rep. Mark Schauer challenges Gov. Rick Synder," May 28, 2013
  10. Michigan Live, "Gov. Rick Snyder says he might not run for re-election in 2014 -- could Brian Calley or Bill Schuette succeed him?," September 25, 2011
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  15. Salon, "Michigan governor: Detroit’s art museum is an “asset” ," June 9, 2013
  16. Detroit Free Press, "Editorial: It's time Gov. Rick Snyder tried transparency himself," June 6, 2013
  17. Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, "Consul General Zhao Weiping Met with Governor of Michigan Rick Snyder," June 5, 2013
  18. MLive, "Gov. Rick Snyder requests presidential emergency declaration for spring flood," June 7, 2013
  19. 19.0 19.1 The Detroit Free Press, "On Medicaid Expansion, Michigan GOP Gov. Snyder Will Need Legislature's Support," February 7, 2013
  20. MLive, "Critics challenge Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on transparency as court orders disclosure from aide," June 12, 2013
  21. Detroit Free Press, "Tea party group threatens to pull support of Gov. Rick Snyder over proposed Medicaid expansion," June 11, 2013
  22. MLive, "Gov. Rick Snyder unfazed by Tea Party opposition to Medicaid plan: 'I was hired to do the right thing'," June 14, 2013
  23. MLive, "Tim Skubick: The long road to Medicaid expansion in Michigan," June 18, 2013
  24. MLive, "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder signs 'solid' $49.5 billion budget short on money for Medicaid expansion," June 13, 2013
  25. MLive, "Tim Skubick: Gov. Rick Snyder stands up to Tea Party; time will tell if that matters," June 16, 2013
  26. KYPost, "Detroit bankruptcy: Michigan Governor Rick Snyder says Motor City made right choice," July 22, 2013
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  28. My FOX Detroit, "Detroit avoiding bankruptcy is the goal, Snyder says," July 16, 2013
  29. NBC News, "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Detroit: 'Enough was enough'," July 21, 2013
  30. UPI, "Michigan Gov. Snyder vetoes bailout for Detroit," July 27, 2013
  31. Battle Creek Inquirer, "Snyder untroubled by critics on right," July 25, 2013
  32. Huffington Post, "Michigan Proposal 1 Results: State Emergency Manager Law Fails," November 7, 2012
  33. Huffington Post, "New Emergency Manager Law Signed By Michigan Governor Rick Snyder," December 27, 2012
  34. Detroit Free Press, "Snyder signs emergency manager bill; new law will take effect in spring," December 27, 2012
  35. Huffington Post, "Detroit Emergency Manager: Gov. Rick Snyder Announces State Financial Takeover," March 14, 2013
  36. Detroit Free Press, "Detroit bankruptcy, Kevyn Orr's doubts discussed weeks before EM was hired, e-mails show," July 22, 2013
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  38. MLive, "Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, Kevyn Orr sell Detroit investment opportunities in New York," July 26, 2013
  39. Washington Post, "Gov. Rick Snyder: Detroit government ‘last major obstacle’ to city’s growth," July 21, 2013
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  42. The Business Journals, "How state governors rank on their job-growth record," June 27, 2013
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Political offices
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Jennifer Granholm (D)
Governor of Michigan
2011 - present
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