Gov. Snyder: We are the comeback state
Michigan governor on 2012 race, ballot proposals
- Duration 6:05
- Date Oct 15, 2012
Michigan governor on 2012 race, ballot proposals
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Our ranks and this again whether presidential race is tightening that's like this again over the past month -- -- -- -- closing what had been a double digit gap in the state.
And -- -- it was a man who's running that states.
Right -- a Republican -- And Rick Snyder governor it's good to have you back.
I always find it remarkable because so what do you agree with the -- -- or not you would think the knee jerk reaction is that those in your state.
Would would would be very -- war are about Mitt Romney's opposition to -- auto -- yet he seems to be -- no hey why is that.
Well if you think about -- the auto bailout I think is overblown in terms of how big an issue -- become.
And I said that from the start those citizens of Michigan their main concern is more and better jobs today in and the future.
And that's what they want to hear about so the auto bailout is something that is Don it's over west palm it worked let's move forward.
And again when I -- town halls across Michigan and -- do those on a regular basis I don't get any questions about the auto bell.
They wanna hear while more and better jobs and governor Romney has -- plan to do that.
Do you think a lot of them are are chasing a little bit that they thought things would have been rosier post the -- -- and now they're finding out the hard way that the way it was originally sold it.
Plants would shut down jobs wouldn't be -- loss well it was really a taxpayer funded bankruptcy where.
Plants were shut down and and people did lose their jobs and there there's still.
Well again I think if you look at.
I don't think there's a lot of continuing to focus on the whole bailout as a topic and -- that.
I've told people is the only time I get a question about the bailout is from the national media -- went -- Connecticut I was reminded us citizens.
Now all the citizens -- -- just why because my customer.
They want to hear about Tony about what you're doing to create a better environment to create jobs because it got government's role it is not to create jobs is to create an environment for job to flourish.
And we need to solve that there's too much about Washington's amounts look at the budget the -- percent.
On the need to -- -- tax you know the liabilities and then the whole question about tax reform.
-- -- if all the evidence and I'm sorry sir I do wanna get those particulars but I do want before I do one -- generals that we have a new poll out and in the in the swing states in general.
The Mitt Romney does appear to be gaining ground that -- that this impact whatever happened the first debate has grown and hasn't strong gets it he's extended that lead to five points.
Vs the president the particulars of Michigan don't.
Don't hit me right now but what do you think is going on and and whether this is delayed impact continued impact from the first debate or frustration with the president what is.
Well I think it's actually that the debate made a major difference in terms.
Kind of swinging momentum.
And that's -- -- a lot of positive impact for governor Romney and -- campaign the other one as is I think there's more focus now I'm talking about his program.
And looking towards the future.
I'm because the question isn't looking back in history and time all the time but really looking forward to say what's so the solution to these serious -- have in Washington.
And how do we move forward and I think he's becoming more and more outspoken about those issues.
Now you've also tried to say I'm not going to be unilateral about their side want you -- the voters here in my state to.
To go along with me to help me out to make some of these changes one is a proposal.
To amend the constitution regarding collective bargaining with some -- interpreted to be a kinder gentler approach from what's -- Wisconsin.
Where critics of of governor -- they've ramped up people's -- he would argue with that but what is this all about.
Well it's an effort by organized labor to really take us back in time unfortunately.
It talks about collective bargaining by believe in collective bargaining that twice successfully with state employees there's protection of the law already for collective bargaining.
This would be could be devastating for Michigan in the way I view it because if you step back and look at it could wipe out.
Upwards of a 170 different laws -- been passed ball from the time I've been an office but going back decades.
And saute those laws were wiped off the -- you're gonna have a huge issue of litigation and many of those laws it would have to go through bargaining again in some fashion.
And I think you could see huge cost increases the taxpayers they could range north about a billion dollars a year of additional cost of this proposal was the -- And this is right as Michigan's showing great success were the comeback state in the United States -- Really an effort to handicaps of a governor from doing what Scott Walker -- in Wisconsin it would be an effort to stymie whatever you want to do.
Pretty much -- It's more than that in fact it would take us backwards quite dramatically so I would say it's not just an effort.
To stop things and again I haven't made right to work an issue in Michigan highest standards a divisive issue it's not on my agenda.
-- the one that's pushing forward with this proposal and I wish they hadn't because again we're showing great progress here in Michigan and we didn't -- can't afford to go backwards.
There is another one that called -- -- governor this proposal to amend the state constitution to limit new taxes by the state government.
Your thoughts on that and it's.
Well that's just really bad public policy the way this proposal was worded it's about two thirds vote any increase in -- base for taxes and our state.
And while the face it sounds appealing.
I'm to get two thirds of quite often leave small minorities in charge.
And the great illustration has as we have the dumbest tax in the United States the Michigan business tax here and Michigan it was a job killer.
And we got rid of that but we replaced it with a 6% flat net income tax for corporations.
On -- passed by two thirds vote soft this proposal would have -- place we would continue to have a job killing dumb tax in place.
By having a regular majority we are able to do massive tax reform very much in -- positive and create jobs and so I help people just step back and look at that to say.
That it may sound appealing but is really bad policy -- -- Norquist might like this would you do -- What got I don't know why anyone would like it if you really look at -- they give up.
Essentially meant minority control it really is helping special interest to keep on doing special interest things instead -- best interest to -- what this proposal would do.
Governor Snyder thank you it's always good seeing -- Great to see -- little.