Rick Snyder

Abandoned Factory
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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. 


Kurtis Wilder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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


John Kivela
Michigan House Democrats / housedems.com

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.

Joan Larsen
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

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. 


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


Mute Swan
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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.  


Vaccine
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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.


Flint Water
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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
Sinkhole
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Macomb County will get money to work on a giant sinkhole. 


Candles
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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. 


Brian Calley
State of Michigan

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.


   

Dollar Bills
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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.

Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.


Michigan House of Representatives
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State lawmakers are back at the Capitol following their spring break.  One job facing them is ending a standoff over money to help Macomb County deal with a giant sinkhole. 


Laurie Avocado
Wikimedia Commons

There’s a new office overseeing Michigan’s medical marijuana program. 

Many schools in Michigan have grappled with whether they should dump Native American mascots and nicknames.  Plenty of things can stand in the way: history, tradition, emotion.  But one Michigan tribe wants to make sure money isn’t the barrier to change.


Robert Young
Michigan Courts / courts.mi.gov

State Supreme Court Justice Robert Young plans to retire at the end of next month, if not sooner.  His plan is to return to his former law firm.


Opioids
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Governor Rick Snyder says current efforts to curb opioid abuse and addiction in Michigan aren’t working as nearly 2,000 people a year in the state die from overdoses. 


Water
US EPA / flickr.com

Some state lawmakers got an early peek at Governor Rick Snyder’s new lead rules that are supposed to be rolled out this week.  A top state environmental official shared some details in testimony before a state House budget subcommittee.

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People flooded a state board meeting Monday to express their concern about an oil and gas pipeline in Lake Michigan. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder met Monday with the premier of Ontario to talk about regional cooperation.  They say the Michigan-Ontario relationship should serve as an example as federal lawmakers consider big changes to trade and travel rules. 


Power Lines
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A storm that hammered the entire state with hurricane-force winds has left behind an unprecedented number of downed poles and power lines.  And that poses a new danger for people still without power with the onset of freezing temperatures. 

Criminal Justice Bills Headed For Snyder’s Desk

Mar 10, 2017
Michigan House of Representatives
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Michigan is on its way toward sweeping changes in its criminal justice system.  The State House passed a large package of legislation Wednesday. 


Rick Snyder
State of Michigan / michigan.gov

Governor Rick Snyder will create a commission this week that has the mission of tackling the problem of lead exposure.  A top administration official says the governor will also ask the Legislature to pass a law to make the commission permanent until the problem is solved.


Abandoned Industrial Site
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The state is close to running out of money to clean thousands of abandoned, polluted properties all across Michigan.


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