Governor Rick Snyder

Michigan News
4:35 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Governor Snyder Set To Sign Spending Plans

  Gov. Rick Snyder is preparing to sign Michigan's $53 billion spending plan for the budget year starting in about three months.

     The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon ceremony to sign the $15.8 billion education budget bill on the steps of the Capitol in Lansing. He also may sign the $37.5 billion budget bill that covers all other state spending if it's proofed in time.

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Michigan News
4:33 am
Tue June 24, 2014

Stiffer Penalties For Michigan Drive By Shooters Signed Into Law

   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed laws stiffening criminal penalties for drive-by shooters and people who shoot into buildings.

     People who intentionally shoot from a vehicle get up to four years in prison if they endanger another's safety. The laws signed yesterday increase the prison time to 10 years and put in place longer sentences if there are injuries or death.

     The new law also clarifies that shooting into a potentially occupied structure is a crime without prosecutors needing to prove the structure was actually occupied at the time of the shooting.

Michigan News
8:16 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Supreme Court Says Decision To Commute Sentence Final

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder.

MI Supreme Court says governor cannot un-commute life sentence

The Michigan Supreme Court says a governor cannot take back a decision to commute a prison sentence once the papers are signed and filed.

Matthew Makowski helped plan the robbery of a co-worker in 1988, but was not there when the attempt went awry and Pietro Puma was stabbed to death. Makowski was convicted of first-degree murder for his role in the killing and sentenced to life in prison with no chance for parole, the mandatory sentence.

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7:34 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

ACLU Sues State Over Same-Sex Marriages


The American Civil Liberties Union is asking a judge to force the state of Michigan to recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed in March.

The ACLU filed a lawsuit Monday on behalf of couples who say their constitutional rights are being violated by Gov. Rick Snyder. He won't recognize the marriages for the purpose of benefits until federal courts decide the status of Michigan's ban on gay marriage. 

Jay Kaplan is staff attorney for the ACLU of Michigan's LGBT Project.  Kaplan says the Governor is talking out of both sides of his mouth.

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Michigan News
4:18 am
Wed April 2, 2014

Lieutenant Governor Signs Bill To Eliminate 'Dumb' Tax

Michigan State Capitol
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       LANSING - Michigan Lt. Gov. Brian Calley has signed legislation designed to ensure local government budgets aren't hurt if manufacturers and small businesses get planned tax cuts.

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Michigan News
1:59 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

Michigan Will Not Recognize Same-Sex Marriages


LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan won't recognize more than 300 same-sex marriages performed last weekend.

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Michigan News
9:13 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Snyder touts EAA in New York ahead of possible Senate vote this week

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is attending a Manhattan Institute conference on Detroit this week
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  The state Senate could vote this week on a bill to bolster a controversial state-run authority meant to turn around failing schools. 

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Michigan News
9:07 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Snyder continues to press Obama on Detroit immigration plan

Snyder, a Republican, has proposed funneling 50,000 skilled immigrants into Detroit over five years as a way to rejuvenate the moribund city
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  Governor Rick Snyder says he is eager to get a decision from the federal government on his plan to boost immigration in Detroit.

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Michigan News
8:51 am
Tue March 25, 2014

Michigan Officials Ask US Attorney General to Recognize State's Same-Sex Marriages

US Attorney General Eric Holder is being asked to weigh in on Michigan's same-sex marriages
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  US Attorney General Eric Holder has been asked to declare that the federal government will recognize same-sex marriages performed in Michigan over the weekend, even if the state won’t. 

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Michigan News
8:47 am
Sun March 16, 2014

Michigan metal theft bill caught up in legislative fight

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  Five years after Michigan targeted copper thefts plaguing cities like Detroit and disrupting railroads and utilities, plans to better restrict sales of stolen scrap metal are caught in a legislative fight.

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Michigan News
8:54 am
Mon March 10, 2014

Taking a New Look at Foreclosure Rules

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       Legislation to rewrite or clarify recent changes in Michigan's foreclosure rules has taken a step forward.

     The bill approved 107-3 by the House last week retains main elements of a law signed last summer by Governor Rick Snyder, including taking away someone's right to save his or her property if an inspector discovers the home's in bad shape due to neglect or other reasons.

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Michigan News
9:28 am
Wed March 5, 2014

Snyder signs new sentencing rules for juveniles

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       Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law changing sentencing rules for juvenile defendants convicted of murder and other serious crimes.

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Statewide News
7:54 pm
Tue January 14, 2014

Michigan's Budget Surplus May Prevent Cuts to School Funding

Budget surplus quells fears of cuts to school funding in Michigan

By Jake Neher

A state budget surplus is easing some concerns about funding for public schools in Michigan.

Last year, the non-partisan Citizens Research Council of Michigan warned recent funding increases for schools and early childhood programs might not be sustainable. It estimated they would create a $240 million hole in the state’s School Aid Budget.

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Capitol News
4:48 am
Mon December 16, 2013

Michigan Lawmakers New Year's Resolution: Find Money To Fix Roads

State lawmakers have left Lansing for the holidays and won’t return until January 8th. But they already have a long list of things to do heading into 2014.  One of the big jobs they’ll face will be finding money to improve the state’s roads and infrastructure. 


Early this year, Governor Rick Snyder urged lawmakers to boost funding for roads by more than a billion dollars. But Snyder’s idea to raise the state’s gas tax and vehicle registration fees never won enough support in the Legislature – and neither did any other proposal.

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Ann Arbor
9:29 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Ann Arbor as an Example of Good Government

As Governor Rick Snyder gives his state-of-the-state address tonight, Ann Arbor's Mayor wants the state to look at Ann Arbor as an example of good government.  Hear more from WEMU's Andrew Cluley.

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State Government
10:49 am
Thu December 27, 2012

Governor Signs New Emergency Manager Law

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10:42 pm
Mon October 15, 2012

Governor Snyder Visits Saline For Town Hall Meeting

Governor Rick Snyder (l) and State Representative Mark Ouimet (r) at last night's town hall meeting in Saline.
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Governor Rick Snyder made a stop in Saline last night to participate in a town hall meeting where he warned the crowd to be careful voting on ballot proposals that would change the state Constitution.  WEMU's Bob Eccles has the story.