Traverse City Record-Eagle

Michigan

March 26, 2014

Democrats: Snyder aides helped cousin avoid cut

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan Democrats are accusing Gov. Rick Snyder's administration of protecting his cousin's furniture company from a proposed cut in a state contract.

Emails revealed Tuesday by the state Democratic Party show that George Snyder told a top Snyder aide in 2011 he was upset over a Senate change that would have cost his furniture company business. Rich Baird forwarded the email to then-budget director John Nixon, who said he was "on it."

The House ended up not including the restrictive furniture clause, and it wasn't in the final budget.

Snyder officials say they already had concerns with the proposed furniture cut because it would have helped another company. They say Snyder's cousin's company is a solid vendor that's been doing business with the state since the late 1990s.

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