Ann Arbor's Lobbyist
Term limits also "made a dramatic shift in power to the majority caucuses," Profit says. "Now the minority's not nearly as powerful. And it shifted power to the speaker and away from the committee chairs."
Some believe term limits have also made lobbyists more powerful. "I don't know if I share that opinion," Profit responds. "Some of this stuff I've been working on for close to thirty years now, and while that experience may give me some advantages, at the end of the day, I don't get to vote. The legislature does."
Profit won't say whether he agrees or disagrees with what Governor Snyder has accomplished since taking office a year ago, but does "give him a lot of credit for how much and how quickly he's done it. Of course, you have to remember Republicans control everything in state government. They've got the senate with a twenty-six to twelve majority, which is more than anything I've seen since the early 1980s, and they've got a sixty-two to forty-seven majority in the house, so the senate is veto-proof and the house all but veto-proof."
That said, "it's going to get more challenging going forward," Profit predicts. "The governor has had a focused agenda for the first six months, and he got there very efficiently. But the next items on the agenda aren't as easy.