Why He Matters
With Michigan's recent history of high unemployment, dwindling population and a longer recession than the rest of the country, it was expected that voters would replace term-limited Gov. Jennifer Granholm with a Republican. While higher profile, more conservative Republicans ran for the office, ultimately primary and general-election voters chose Snyder, a venture capitalist and self-professed "one tough nerd" with aims to "reinvent" the entire state.
More of an entrepreneur than an ideologue, Snyder intends to run the state with an eye towards reinventing Michigan's economy. The hallmark of his campaign was a plan to replace the unpopular Michigan business tax with a flat six percent corporate income tax. He also plans to do away with industry-based incentive programs such as the state's film tax credit, while promoting businesses in the state's urban centers.