Lawmakers Rebuke Snyder—What Does It Mean for His Last Year in Office?

Jake Neher/WDET

Gov. Rick Snyder

Gov. Rick Snyder got a rare rebuke from the Republican-led Legislature this week. The Legislature overwhelmingly voted to override Snyder’s veto of a bill that would give car buyers a tax break. The bill speeds up a phase-out of the sales tax on the value of a trade-in when someone is buying a new vehicle.

It’s the first time lawmakers have overridden a veto during Snyder’s term, and only the fourth veto override in Michigan in the last 66 years. 

Some onlookers have questioned whether the lame duck governor can advance any agenda in his final year in office. Some have suggested it’s time for Snyder to resign.

What does this say about the governor’s relationship with his fellow Republicans in Lansing as he approaches the end of his tenure?

Nobody should take this personally, this shouldn’t cause tension, it shouldn’t hurt our working relationships going forward,” insists state House Speaker Tom Leonard (R-DeWitt).

But Michigan Public Radio’s Cheyna Roth points out this is just the latest in a series of tense moments between Snyder and the Legislature in recent months.

Roth speaks with WDET’s Jake Neher about the situation and what it means for lawmaking at the state Capitol in 2018.

Click on the audio player above to hear the full conversation.

Image credit: Office of state Sen. Dale Zorn

This post is a part of MichMash.

Each week, WDET's Jake Neher and Michigan Public Radio's Cheyna Roth un-jumble Michigan issues and talk about how statewide news stories affect you. 

About the Author

Jake Neher

Detroit Today - Producer & Special Projects Reporter

Jake Neher is a producer & reporter for Detroit Today   Follow @GJNeher

Cheyna Roth


Cheyna has interned with Michigan Radio and freelanced for WKAR public radio in Lansing. She’s also done some online freelancing and worked on documentary films.   Follow @Cheyna_R

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