Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not paying attention to early polls that show the road funding proposal on the May ballot is in trouble. The proposal would raise the state sales tax to 7 percent as part of a complicated plan to fund road repairs without taking money from schools or local governments. Continue reading
Republican leaders in the Legislature say opposition from Governor Rick Snyder will not stop them from trying to repeal the state’s prevailing wage law. It says state-funded construction projects have to pay workers union-level wages. Nearly two dozen local governments also have prevailing wage ordinances. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder is following up his State of the State address on Tuesday by continuing to promote skilled trades. In the speech, Snyder highlighted skilled trades as a way to boost employment, education, and Michigan’s economy during. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder says he has faith the public will approve a May ballot proposal to boost road funding. That’s despite a recent study from a Michigan State University researcher that said the measure might already be in trouble. Continue reading
A federal judge says the state must recognize the marriages of 300 gay and lesbian couples. They were married last year during a one-day window in Michigan when it was legal.
Governor Rick Snyder met today (Fri.) with the Legislature’s Republican and Democratic leaders to try and strike a deal on road funding. The governor hosted a day-long series of meetings in his state Capitol office to toss around ideas and crunch the numbers. Continue reading
Governor Rick Snyder says a plan adopted by the state House to shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads won’t work. He says that could rob schools and local governments of money they need to operate.
“What I would say is the House action doesn’t get us there fast enough or far enough. It also creates major consequences to schools and local partners — that I don’t want to see negative things happen to them.”
But Snyder says he still believes the Legislature can get something done on roads during its “lame duck” session. The governor prefers the Senate-adopted version that would increase the fuel tax. He says the state needs to generate in excess of a $1 billion a year to fix its long-neglected transportation infrastructure.
“We need to do something and something of significance to get better roads. No one in our state likes our roads. If you find that person, send ‘em to me. I don’t think you can.”
The House plan would shift sales taxes collected on fuel sales to roads. Republicans also adopted an amendment that would revert to the current system of appropriations for schools or local governments go down during a six-year transition period.
“Speaker Bolger agrees with the governor that we need to find a solution and we have two weeks to work together to find the solution,” said Bolger spokesman Ari Adler. “Speaker Bolger will explain to the governor how his plan does not take money from schools or local governments, and we worked … to protect them.”
The “lame duck” session is expected to wrap up in a couple weeks. If road funding is not wrapped up by then, the process would start over with the new session that begins in January.
Both major candidates for governor say they are confident they will win as voters head to the polls in Tuesday’s election. Continue reading
Former Florida governor and possible 2016 presidential candidate Jeb Bush campaigned for GOP candidates across Michigan on Monday.
Gov. Rick Snyder is applauding President Obama for approving financial assistance for people affected by massive flooding in and around Detroit.
Snyder says the August floods caused hundreds of millions of dollars in damage. He says the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) can now work with individual victims to determine how much money is available to them. Continue reading
Gov. Rick Snyder is staying silent on the latest scandal related to the state’s prison food service contract. That’s while the matter is under investigation.
Gov. Rick Snyder spent an hour fielding questions from Michiganders on Friday. The questions spanned a broad range of topics, including education, the economy, the environment, and social issues.
Opponents of wolf hunting in Michigan are waging their fight on multiple fronts.
Governor Rick Snyder has signed the legislation that authorizes the state’s $195 million contribution to the Detroit bankruptcy settlement. The governor says the settlement is a good deal for taxpayers because it sets the stage for the city’s comeback.
Governor Rick Snyder says he wants the Legislature to add protections for lesbians, gays, and transgender people to the state’s civil rights law.
Governor Rick Snyder says he thinks there’s progress in negotiations with the Legislature to put 350 million dollars of state money toward Detroit’s bankruptcy settlement. Detroit’s emergency manager just spent two days in Lansing in an effort to build support for the deal.
Governor Rick Snyder says Michigan needs to do more to attract seasonal migrant laborers to work on farms this spring and summer.
Local officials say not enough of the revenue Michigan takes in around Tax Day goes to cities, towns, and counties.
The ACLU and eight same-sex couples have sued the state. As Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta reports, they say Michigan has to recognize their marriages while a court decision is under appeal.
A state House Republican plan to fix Michigan’s crumbling infrastructure is drawing criticism from some prominent Democrats.
A new mid-year state budget bill will spend 215 (m) million dollars on road construction and maintenance. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.
State lawmakers are about to dive into the process of crafting a budget for next fiscal year. But they have to fix some problems with the current year’s budget first.
Governor Rick Snyder plans to expand a program that allows students to earn an associate’s degree at no cost and to get paid while doing it.
Governor Rick Snyder says it’s time for state lawmakers to set new energy goals for Michigan. He says those goals should include burning less coal and increasing renewable energy production over the next decade.