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Posted on Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 11:47 a.m.

Local leaders give Rick Snyder improved ratings in U-M survey

By Cindy Heflin

Michigan’s local government leaders feel more positive about Gov. Rick Snyder’s leadership than they did a year ago, according to a University of Michigan survey released Wednesday, MLive reported.


Rick Snyder

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But there’s plenty of room for improvement, the survey from The Center for Local, State, and Urban Policy at U-M’s Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy found.

The survey found 49 percent of local officials in 2012 rated Snyder's performance as good or excellent, compared with 37 percent the year before. Fewer than two in 10 (19 percent) said he's doing a poor job.

The survey conducted this spring found 50 percent of responding local government officials said the state is headed in the right direction. That’s an improvement from 32 percent at the same time last year.

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Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 3:20 p.m.

Rick Snyder has done everything in his power to accomodate the predatory oligarchs that have taken away middle class jobs and driven down our standard of living. We are now 37th in the US in family income levels. He is beholden to the Teabag thugs that have passed policy after policy with their late night after the bars have closed emergency measures. He has appointed dictators to come in and take democracy away from community members. He has stolen from the School Aid Fund to balance the budget while lifting the cap on for profit charter schools with greedy ceos making 5 million per year. Scott Walker has destroyed Wisconsin but this guy is much worse and uses his mealy mouth rethuglican talking points to justify his "tough decisions". This man has done nothing to improve our crumbling infrastructure of roads,bridges and schools while giving tax breaks to millionaires who put the money under their mattress and don't create jobs. He has repealed a motorcycle helmet law that will increase your taxes when the fools that splatter their brains on the road need their diapers changed for the rest of their lives. But its okay because after all we need our personal liberties more than we need our brains. Welcome to the Mississippi of the north.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:26 p.m.

What was the approval rating of his congress? About 27%. There is our problem, they are so wrapped up in "social issues" that they are not doing much good for the state. If Slick "I don't answer questions" Rick had some adults to work with he might do some good.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 11:09 a.m.

Good for business, brain surgeons, the bourgeoisie & monarchs - bad for almost everything, and everyone, else. A state business climate with tax breaks filling the coffers of CEO's, but deteriorating & diminished services, systems & infrastructure for we citizens of Michigan provides only false hope for future prosperity. This is a "rich-get-richer . . . " administration. Effective state government involves more than only impressive figures on a balance sheet . . .

Mr. Ed

Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:13 a.m.

Where are all the jobs he said would come with the shift of taxing the poor retired and disable with less tax for businesses? Waiting and waiting.


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 2:45 p.m.

How is Rick taxing the "poor retired"? Yes, pensions are being taxed, but not on the "poor retired," but rather only on those above a certain, generous nearly every other state that has a state income tax. Isn't that only fair? After all, since I don't get a fatcat union or government pension, I've had to save for retirement in my own IRA, and I get taxed on any withdrawals from that account from the first dollar! Why should those retirees drawing fat pensions get them tax exempt and not pay their fair share?


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 1:41 a.m.

jobs are out there for people that are willing to work for it


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 7:27 p.m.

It is really unfair to grade Governor Synder because most of us were "Blown Away" by his Predecessor. That said, He is doing a decent job but he is way to Progressive (Liberal).


Thu, Jul 26, 2012 : 12:30 p.m.

Oops. I thought "conservatives" did not talk about Predecessors! As far as I can tell from your posts nothing that happened before a pol took office matters. Oh, I see, it only matters for your it.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 5:19 p.m.

I consider myself independent but more conservative than democrat but I am not overly satisfied with the Governor because of a few issues. One is the repeal of the motorcycle helmet law. I disagree because at a time when the nation is hotly debating the cost of HC, Michigan puts in place a policy that will run up costs. Second our K-12 education system is in shambles both fiscally and in educating our children and something must be done to increase funding to schools and eliminate the numerous deficits. Third while Michigan might be a tougher fight than Wisconsin, I think the measures taken in WI to lower costs need to be enacted here, as well as the measures taken in the states that have acted to bring in jobs. Michigan is competing with all other states and is not in a leading position. While some unions have cooperated too many hold firm and that simply delays doomdays. Fourth the Governor has bent over backwards to assist Detroit in its recovery but the majority on City Council are still balking and fighting and I think because of a lack of cooperation a heavier hand is needed. That said, Governor Snyder is far better than his predecessor.

Dr. Rockso

Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 5:18 p.m.

About all Snyder and Ouimet have done is pad their pockets at the expense of Seniors and Poor people. Boosting the economy is a GOP fantasy. Real Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in Michigan 2.3% down from 4.9%.


Fri, Jul 27, 2012 : 6:46 p.m.

Did you know that Gov. Snyder is only taking $1 per year as a salary?


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 5:20 p.m.

I consider that a serious insult and I think you need to offer some proof. Start with "pad their pockets."


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 5:11 p.m.

Governor Snyder can only work with what he has and to that extent, his intelligence and maturity has been a huge benefit to the state. In this age of media bias and mindless haterism, I hope Michigan can still recognize a good man when they see one. I hope he decides to seek a second term.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 4:30 p.m.

GovernorSnyder has done an excellent job in assisting Detroit from the brink of financial ruin and for helping the Michigan economy. His close ally in the State House, Mark Ouimet, has also done a great job in boosting the conomy.

Basic Bob

Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 6:45 p.m.

@GoTJ, he paid the county back, unlike Democrat Conan Smith, who is still refusing to pay back improperly claimed expenses.

Ghost of Tom Joad

Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 6:27 p.m.

Mark Ouimet has only boosted his household economy with public funds.


Wed, Jul 25, 2012 : 4:11 p.m.

Rick hasn't been in the news for a while so I sure that the Rick Bashing will begin shortly.