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Snyder says Flint will be fixed

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Governor Rick Snyder devoted most of Tuesday’s State of the State speech to the Flint water crisis. He promised to fix the problems that started while the city was under state emergency management. And he promised to do a better job of helping the public understand what went wrong.

It was a humbled Governor Snyder who took to the podium for the sixth State of the State address of his administration.

A year ago, he was just-reelected to a second-term, pondering a bid for the presidency, and basking in the apparent success of Detroit’s exit from bankruptcy.

Today, the governor’s reputation for can-do accomplishment has been shredded by the water crisis in Flint. Children are showing elevated lead levels that could lead to all sorts of neurological and developmental health risks.

A visibly emotional Governor Snyder told Flint residents fixing that is a responsibility he takes personally.

“I give you my commitment that Michigan will not let you down.”

That’s after months of administration officials denying was a problem, followed by a shakeup that cost at least two senior environmental officials their jobs, and last week, the state asking the federal government for help.

The Obama administration partially approved the request for assistance. This is White House Press Secretary Joshua Earnest.

“This is obviously an effort that should be led by state and local officials, but the federal government is mobilizing significant resources to support that ongoing effort.”

That includes sending bottled water from emergency reserves and sending advisors to help the city tap into more federal resources.

Governor Snyder said he will ask the federal government to send more help. He also promised a short – and long-term strategy for helping Flint and other cities with water infrastructure.

The governor called the Flint water crisis a failure at “every level of government” – city, county, state, and federal.

“We will not stop working for the people of Flint until every single person has clean water every single day no matter what.”

The sounds of protests could be heard inside the Capitol even as the governor delivered his speech.

“What do want?” “Clean water!” “When do we want it?” “Now!”

Nayyarah Shariff was one of those demonstrators. She said it took too long for the state to acknowledge the problem and to start doing something about it.

“And now we’ve got the whole world looking at Rick Snyder and, hopefully, that will force him to change, because we had to drag him kicking and screaming into this fight.”

In the speech, Snyder promised to release his e-mails related to the Flint water crisis to show what his administration did right, and to help the public understand how things went wrong.

Rick Snyder and his aides said they understand the reality that he owns the problem. And that it’s up to Rick Snyder to fix it.

Gov. Snyder signs legislation removing outdated laws from the books

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It’s now legal to trample your neighbors huckleberry bushes, curse in front of your mother and sing the national anthem out of tune.

Governor Snyder signed a stack of bills that remove outdated and strange laws from Michigan’s criminal code. Continue reading

Bill to create alert system to track down cop killers headed to Snyder’s desk

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6The state Legislature has given its OK to create an alert system for people suspected of killing or injuring on-duty police officers.

The “blue alert” system would be similar to amber alert systems for missing children. It would use media broadcasts and highway signs to send out information on suspects who are at-large and considered a public threat. Continue reading

Gov. Snyder faces uphill battle to win legislative support for DPS rescue

Gov. Snyder answers questions from reporters on Monday about his plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools. The governor will likely have to battle local control concerns, ‘bailout fatigue’ to convince state lawmakers to approve the plan.

Gov. Snyder answers questions from reporters on Monday about his plan to rescue Detroit Public Schools. The governor will likely have to battle local control concerns, ‘bailout fatigue’ to convince state lawmakers to approve the plan.

Gov. Rick Snyder wants the Legislature to adopt an expensive, controversial plan to overhaul Detroit’s schools by the end of the year.

Snyder outlined his plan in Detroit on Monday. The goal is to rescue Detroit Public Schools (DPS) from crushing debt and dismal academic results.

The proposal would split the district in two. A new body would oversee education and normal school operations. The old DPS would exist only to collect taxes and pay down debt. Continue reading

Gov Snyder orders flags to be lowered in honor of a fallen MSP Trooper

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Governor Rick Snyder has ordered all U.S. flags in the state capitol and all state buildings to be lowered to half-staff September 1 to honor a fallen Michigan State Police Trooper.

Trooper Chad Wolf died from injuries sustained while on duty August 28. He was on his patrol motorcycle when he was struck by a vehicle and dragged underneath. Continue reading

Snyder still confident of road deal in 2015

Governor Rick Snyder press event at M-10 and LTU to Fix the Roads.

Governor Rick Snyder says he hasn’t given up on getting a deal for more than a $1 billion dollars in new road revenue through the Legislature. Lawmakers adjourned this week without voting on a roads package.

But, at an event in Detroit, the governor said he’s still confident a deal can come together in 2015. Continue reading

Snyder signs new budget, remains optimistic about road deal

Governor Rick Snyder has signed the new 54-billion dollar state budget. It has money for roads, schools, prisons, and healthcare. But a solution on funding road repairs remains elusive.

Governor Snyder says voters sent a message when they rejected Proposal One last month, and that was for the state to come up with the money to fix roads. The new budget has some stop-gap funding, but falls far short of the 1.2 billion dollars in new revenue that he’s called for. Continue reading

Bills would shield faith-based adoption agency from effects of SCOTUS ruling

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Controversial adoption on its way to Governor Rick Snyder would allow faith-based adoption agencies that take public money to refuse to work with same-sex couples. That’s even if the US Supreme Court legalizes same-sex marriage. Continue reading

Snyder administration outlines 30-year water plan

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Governor Rick Snyder’s administration has released a first draft of a 30-year strategy for protecting and improving the state’s water resources.

The plan says there are environmental and economic benefits to protecting and improving lakes, rivers, and streams. The plan includes connecting waterways to promote tourism. Also, fixing outdated sewer and drinking water systems. Continue reading

State Senate to consider prevailing wage repeal next week

The state Senate will move forward with legislation to end prevailing wage requirements in Michigan. The state and many communities require that workers on publicly-funded construction projects get union-level pay and benefits. Continue reading

Governor Snyder says he’s glad to see action on no-fault

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Governor Rick Snyder says he’s glad the state Senate debated and voted on legislation to make some changes to Michigan’s no-fault auto insurance law. But he’s not ready to endorse what the Senate did this week. Continue reading

Police, corrections take biggest cuts in budget-balancing plans

rick-snyder-mugjpg-446cf7790e6a2ea6Governor Rick Snyder’s budget-cutting order looks mostly to reductions in State Police, corrections, and health care spending as a first step toward retiring a deficit.
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