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Posted on Tue, Dec 6, 2011 : 7:49 p.m.

Rick Snyder says he's unsure if he'll keep $1 a year salary

By Staff

Gov. Rick Snyder said Tuesday he hasn’t decided if he will take a pay hike in January or continue serving the state for $1 a year, the Detroit Free Press reported.

“Still working on it,” Snyder told the newspaper after a Capitol bill-signing when asked if he had made a decision about his salary. “It’s on my agenda, but pretty low on my agenda.”

Snyder pledged in February to give up the $159,300 governor’s salary provided for under state law and accept only $1. But his promise only applied to the 2011 calendar year, according to the story.

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Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 10:31 p.m.

The pledge to only accept $1 was nothing but a political stunt, for the benefit of those that are into meaningless pledges, grandstanding, and rhetoric; the governor's salary is not even a drop in the budget compared to the state budget, or even his own personal wealth. it's certainly pocketchange in comparison to the millions he"ll "earn" when he leaves office and starts cashing in from all the companies he's funneled billions in handouts to by raising taxes on the poor and the elderly.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 7:13 p.m.

Thanks to tricky ricky's latest gouge of the middle class, my health insurance premiums just got taxed, the cost of which is passed along to me, to pay for "preventing" cuts to Medicaid, all the while the wealthy got tax breaks!!! Gotta love Michigan! Goes into effect Jan 1, so get ready folks.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 7:08 p.m.

WAY overpaid at $1.00. The sooner this guy leaves office, the better off the state of Michigan will be. Enough damage, Slick Rick.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:01 p.m.

I appreciate the fact that he only accepted $1 for his first year in office. And, I believe, I read a while back that he also set up some type of committee that accepted funds to pay for whatever expenses he had -- with that in mind and if true, that he is good to go--he could continue to contribute his salary. Again if true about donations, who really is running Michigan?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:15 p.m.

"who really is running Michigan?" Mass media, Koch Industries, Amway, Blackwater, ... Great comment, though.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:26 p.m.

Roadman. If you can find pride in anything Richard Dale Snyder has done(or not done) and in those who blindly finance The Party of High Crimes, War Crimes and lying to get elected than you might look at the prospects that it really isn't pride at all, but rather high financed misguided loyalties and not much more. At least you are consistent, if not up to speed.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 12:10 p.m.

The idea of taking no salary as a means to show one's sincerity for service just doesn't work. The folks that hate you still hate you and the folks that love you don't care.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:36 a.m.

I am proud we have a governor who is so dedicated to his position that he serves with no salary. People like him and local resident Ron Weiser, who has donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to the Michigan Republican Party, have shown their personal commitment to making our state a better place through better government. I salute both these men who are true civil servants attempting to selflessly improve the State of Michigan.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:21 p.m.

Surely it also help that money is not an issue other than how to spend it. Since Snyder was a multi-millionaire prior to entering office, an extra dollor or $150K is just icing on the cake. Also, is the civil servant making $30K, $40K or $50K just a leech on the system and not a TRUE civil servent? Regardless, if they are directly serving the community and it residents.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:29 a.m.

He must have fallen out of the 1% group.

John Q

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:26 a.m.

Another bait and switch promise by the Governor going out the window. For a guy who claims to not be a politician, he's got the two-faced act down pretty well.

John Q

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 8:01 p.m.

He proposed a 2 year budget that doesn't show his salary going up in year 2. Don't the facts hurt?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:08 p.m.

Yes, that is right John Q. Richard Dale Snyder doesn't have a credibility vaccume at all. Just have these unemployed lawyers on this thread square away his otherwise prevarications from campaign and office. RDS is not honorably challenged to his core.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:35 p.m.

SInce he 'baited and switched', I'm sure you can provide a link that shows he was going to serve for $1 a year forever. No? Thought not.

J Shaker

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 3:18 a.m.

Willing to pay him an additional dollar a year to stop serving the state.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:22 a.m.

I didn't vote for him, but I admire his abnegation of the salary. Not needing the salary wouldn't have stopped a lot of people from taking it anyway and banking it. Credit where credit is due.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:22 a.m.

All you have to do is have "Snyder' in the headline, and you're bound to get all the raving libs all up in arms. Perhaps RayA2 would rather have him make 98c instead? Or, would you rather of had him collect his normal salary like every other Governor? Which way would you like it?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:54 a.m.

Liberal. Adjective; a. Not limited to or by established, traditional, orthodox, or authoritarian attitudes, views, or dogmas; free from bigotry. b. Favoring proposals for reform, open to new ideas for progress, and tolerant of the ideas and behavior of others; broad-minded.

Usual Suspect

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4:12 a.m.

So, the phrase "soldiers of lunacy" is your idea of thoughtful opinion and debate?


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:43 a.m.

Really..."raving libs." It never cease to amaze me how quickly the vitroil of name calling mastered by the Republicans and their "soldiers of lunacy" is thrown around instead of thoughtful opinions and debate.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:43 a.m.

Since you asked, I'd like him to resign immediately.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:13 a.m.

Ah Slick changes his story again. I know a lot of smart people out there are thinking it so I'll go ahead and say it... He's way overpaid at $1.00. He's amassing a lot of favors from the wealthiest residents of this state anf he'll be repaid handsomely I'm sure. Everyone else however is a lot poorer for Slick's reverse Robin Hood economic and regulatory policies.


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 5:50 p.m.

Eyeheart, As sure as you are that slick never promised to take $1.00 a year forever, I am as certain that he never told anyone that he wouldn't do it for his entire term. Your defense and his excuse remind me of an old cartoon where the seller of a fraud pulls out the contract and tells the buyer to look at the very small print on page 89....


Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 1:34 p.m.

SInce he "changed his story", I'm sure you can provide a link that shows he was going to serve for $1 a year forever. No? Thought not.

Norman Alred

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 4 a.m.

I don't know about "everyone", but I certainly am!

david burke

Wed, Dec 7, 2011 : 2:30 a.m.

i agree