Gov. Rick Snyder reflects on his hits and misses of 2013 - Dallas News | myFOXdfw.com

Gov. Rick Snyder reflects on his hits and misses of 2013

Posted: Updated:
  • Tim SkubickMore>>

  • Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Mark Schauer details proposal to help women in the workplace

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 5:59 PM EDT2014-07-23 21:59:06 GMT
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
    Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer is looking to win over the female voters in the upcoming election. He's proposing five points to help women in the workplace.
  • The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    The curse of Michigan's Lt. Governor

    Tuesday, July 22 2014 6:25 PM EDT2014-07-22 22:25:25 GMT
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
    No kid ever grows up wanting to be lt. governor, the second banana in state government.In Michigan there is a rich history of the second-in-charge wanting to use the office as a stepping stone to the top job as governor. Turns out it’s been a slippery stone as only two of twelvel.g.'s actually made it.The two winners were lt. governor John Swainson who served as the right-hand man to Gov. Soapy Williams and when he decided to retire, Mr. Swainson ran and won.Lt. Governor Bill Milliken served...
  • Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Jennifer Granholm back in office?

    Monday, July 7 2014 10:14 AM EDT2014-07-07 14:14:46 GMT
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
    Oh boy, the anti-Granholm mob will have fun with this.  They are talking in California about running the former Michigan governor for something as part of the “new generation” of D’s on the west bank.
(WJBK) -

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is finishing his third year in office as he moves into re-election mode for 2014.

In an exclusive interview with Fox 2 political analyst Tim Skubick, Gov. Snyder looks back at his hits and misses of 2013.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to hear the interview recap from Tim Skubick or read the story below
__________

The always upbeat Governor had probably the most challenging year of his three years in office so far. Each year at this time on Michigan Public TV, the Governor grants an interview to reflect on what he got right and what he got wrong.

The CPA glows over getting the state budget right three months ahead of the deadline.

"It was another strong budget year. We got a lot done; it's rock solid in terms of being balanced and we're paying down debt," Gov. Rick Snyder says.

On the economic front, it's not happy days are here again, but - "We saw strong private sector job growth again in our state. Income's coming up; property value's coming up," says Gov. Snyder.

But the state has the third worst unemployment rate in the nation.

The political residue from the battle over Right to Work continues. As for his relationship with labor? "That could use some more work. After Right to Work last year it still is a challenging environment," he says.

That's governor speak for - they aren't getting along.

Unlike other Republican governors, Gov. Snyder got on board with the President's affordable health care law by enacting the Michigan version of the Medicaid expansion program. He's proud of ensuring 470,000 needy families. "That was a big opportunity. It was helping Michigan with bipartisan support," he says.

But there was zero bipartisan support on his $1.2 billion road repair package.

"That would be one of the challenges that I was not successful with this last year," he admits.

Maybe next year - he hopes.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • PoliticalMore>>

  • Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

    Montana US senator's thesis appears to plagiarize

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:35 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:35:55 GMT
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written for the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages that appear to be taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
    Montana Sen. John Walsh's thesis written to earn a master's degree from the U.S. Army War College contains unattributed passages taken word-for-word from previously published papers.
  • Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Calls for troops at border echo previous pushes

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:26 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:26:59 GMT
    Texas Gov. Rick Perry was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas when he deployed as many as 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border in South Texas.
    When Texas Gov. Rick Perry announced the deployment of up to 1,000 armed National Guard troops to the Mexican border he was speaking to voters in Iowa as much as Texas.
  • Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Audit: NASA doesn't have the money for big rockets

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 6:24 PM EDT2014-07-23 22:24:01 GMT
    Federal auditors say NASA doesn't have enough money to start launching its new, $12 billion rocket program by the end of 2017 as planned.
    NASA doesn't have enough money to get its new, $12 billion rocket system off the ground by the end of 2017 as planned, federal auditors say.
Powered by WorldNow

KDFW FOX 4
400 N. Griffin Street
Dallas, Texas 75202

Main Station Directory:
(214) 720-4444
News Fax:
(214) 720-3263 or (214) 720-3333

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices