Rick Snyder

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New teachers will get different retirement options than current school employees under a bill sent to Governor Rick Snyder.


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Political intrigue is being blamed for the collapse of a deal for the state to offer big tax breaks to employers who bring a lot of jobs to Michigan.


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State spending plans are moving swiftly through the legislature.  A number were voted on last week, many of them with deep cuts from what the governor asked for.  


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Top lawmakers in the state Legislature have reached a tentative agreement with Governor Rick Snyder about changes to the state’s teacher retirement system.


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There’s no end yet to the standoff between Governor Rick Snyder and the Legislature’s Republican leaders that’s delayed wrapping up the state budget.  But they are talking again. 


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Governor Rick Snyder is pushing for quick approval of a controversial tax break to help lure large employers to the state. 


Donations Rise While Legislation Passes

Jun 1, 2017
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Some businesses are set to get millions of dollars in tax incentives -- if Governor Snyder signs a package of bills.  Around the time those bills were going through the legislature, business groups were giving big political action committee donations to some key lawmakers.


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Governor Rick Snyder spoke out against a toxic political culture that he says it’s getting in the way of practical problem-solving.

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Controversial legislation surrounding license plate fundraising is on its way to Governor Rick Snyder’s desk.


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A showdown is brewing in Lansing over the fate of teacher retirements.  


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Controversial legislation on state regulatory rules is making its way through the legislature. 


E-Cig Regulations Back On The Table In Lansing

May 15, 2017
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A battle is brewing in Lansing between some lawmakers and Governor Rick Snyder’s office.  


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There was a big rally at the state Capitol Wednesday to support improved mental health services and to oppose Governor Rick Snyder’s plan to overhaul how those services are paid for.


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Big business investors are waiting on Governor Rick Snyder to give them a break.  A tax break that is – to build on blighted land. 


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Governor Rick Snyder has chosen the newest member of the Michigan Supreme Court.


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There were tears and hugs on the floor of the state House Tuesday as colleagues got word that state Representative John Kivela took his life – one day after his second arrest on a charge of drunk driving.

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Michigan Supreme Court Justice Joan Larsen has been chosen by President Trump to serve on the Sixth Circuit US Court of Appeals.  Trump once put Larsen on his list of judges and lawyers he would consider naming to the US Supreme Court. 


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The state is stepping in to help struggling schools instead of closing them.


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Anytime a governmental unit authorizes lethal measures as a way to control animal population, there are those in the human population that get upset.  Such is the case of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources management plan for Mute Swans in Michigan.  On last week’s “Issues of the Environment,” David Fair discussed the state action plan with Holly Vaughn of the Michigan DNR.  This week, he talks with John Griffin, Director of Urban Wildlife at The Humane Society of the United States, for an alternative viewpoint.  


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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s against an effort in the Legislature to reverse the requirement that parents who don’t want to vaccinate their kids meet with a public health expert.


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After stops and starts, the state Legislature has adopted a bill to send $100 million to Flint to replace lead pipes.  The money is from the federal government, but had to be approved by state lawmakers.

Deal Made Over Macomb County Sinkhole Funding

Apr 26, 2017
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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 


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Music, speeches, prayers and a candle-lighting ceremony that included 39 Jewish survivors were part of Michigan’s official commemoration of the Holocaust and the Armenian genocide.  The ceremony took place in the rotunda of the state Capitol. 


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Lieutenant Governor Brian Calley is moving closer to a formal announcement that he will run next year for the Republican nomination to succeed Governor Rick Snyder.


   

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Governor Rick Snyder says disagreements over tax cuts and spending priorities won’t get in the way of wrapping up the state budget in a little over a month.

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