GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Now that they have had a day to digest the details, some critics are calling Governor Snyder's 2015 budget proposal a strategy for re-election.
The governor wants to spend more money for education, public safety, roads and return some surplus tax revenues to property owners. All of these ideas are likely to be popular with voters, but even though he is running for re-election this year, the Gov. Snyder says his budget proposal is not about politics.
Gov. Snyder sat down one-on-one with told WZZM 13's Phil Dawson who asked, "How much of this budget was politically motivated? How much of a political conversation was there and how much is prudent fiscal policy?"
"I'm not a career politician, politics is not something I deal with well, so the way I describe it-- and literally the way I behave-- is I'm an old CAP, so I pretended I was sitting down at the kitchen table with my family of 10 million folks and let's bring out our pile of bills. It's not about politics, it's acting like a family sitting at the kitchen table to say let's do our priorities," Gov. Snyder told Phil Dawson.
The governor's $52 billion budget proposal is now before the house and senate fiscal appropriations committees. Legislative leaders may have some different ideas, especially about ways to cut taxes, so what the governor is proposing and what he ultimately signs may change significantly.