Rick Snyder

You Know Unions Are Weak When Disgruntled Autoworkers Can't Oust a GOP Governor
November 04, 2014

Rick Snyder gets a second term. Guess that right-to-work bill wasn't such an albatross after all.

Jeb Bush Joins a Long List of Conservatives Who Got in Trouble for Saying Compassionate Things About Immigrants
April 08, 2014

A few Republicans who have acknowledged the moral urgency of immigration reform.

The Loneliest Man in the Room
March 06, 2014


In Michigan, a Defeat for the Tea Party—and Victory for Common Sense
August 28, 2013

Obamacare took a big step forward on Tuesday night, when the Michigan Senate approved an expansion of the state’s Medicaid program. The state House is likely to back the same measure, as early as next week.

The 2010 Midterms Are Coming Back to Haunt Blue Michigan
December 17, 2012

Why is this blue state enacting such conservative legislation?

Rick Snyder, Michigan’s Reluctant Union-Buster
December 07, 2012

Yes, the seat of the United Auto Workers is about to become right-to-work, thanks to the governor who said he had no interest in doing so.

Romney Has a New Michigan Problem: His Own Party
May 30, 2012

You have to feel sorry for leaders of the Michigan Republican Party: They have a tough job this year. They want to promote Rick Snyder, the Republican governor. The obvious, easy way to do that is to highlight the state’s economic record. Since Snyder took over as governor in 2010, Michigan’s unemployment rate has fallen steadily to 8.3 percent, which is only slightly higher than the national average. (See graph below.) That’s pretty remarkable, given the state’s well-chronicled troubles. But nobody seriously believes Snyder’s policies have a lot to do with the Michigan's recovery.

Can The Tough Nerd Talk Sense To Romney?
February 16, 2012

In addition to massively outspending Rick Santorum on the airwaves in Michigan, Mitt Romney now has the support of the state’s governor, Rick Snyder, who to no one’s surprise announced his endorsement this morning. Snyder’s affinity for Romney is plain: both are charisma-challenged technocrats (Snyder ran as “one tough nerd”) who made a bundle in venture capital (and private equity, in Romney’s case) before bestowing their data-driven know-how on the electorate.

Of Note
August 03, 2011

Michigan Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has created an Office of Urban and Metropolitan Initiatives to focus on city and regional economic development activities. The office is a partnership with the state funded by the Council of Michigan Foundations, a consortium including the Kresge Foundation, the Kellogg Foundation, and the Mott Foundation. Program office will be located in Detroit, Flint, and Grand Rapids. Another map-based transit app has debuted. Unlike our recent transit-job access tool, Mapnificent computes transit access by timeframe.

Boosting the Great Lakes International Economy
July 18, 2011

The regions on both sides of the Great Lakes international border need to team up to strengthen their highly integrated economies. That was the conclusion of over 250 public and private leaders from both the United States and Canada recently brought together by Brookings and the University of Toronto Mowat Centre in Detroit-Windsor. The tone was set by Bruce Katz’s keynote--where he pressed for international metro action to expand exports and encouraged the industrial Great Lakes to seize and lead the low-carbon, clean-tech economy. Overall, two topics dominated discussion by delegates as ripe