Governor Rick Snyder is boosting the position of Michigan chief medical executive to his official inner circle. The governor says he wants to streamline how critical public health information reaches him. That was one of the problems identified by a task force that looked into how the Flint water crisis occurred.
In the-not-too-distant past, chief medical executive in the Snyder administration was a part-time job. Now, the governor is elevating it to a cabinet-level position reporting directly to him. Continue reading →
Public schools are trying to decide how best to follow a new law signed by Governor Snyder earlier this month. The measure restricts how public entities can talk about upcoming ballot proposals and millages.
The State of Michigan is working towards a goal of doubling recycling by October of 2016. Next month, the governor’s Recycling Council will meet to discuss what progress has been made towards this benchmark.
Voters said no Tuesday to Proposal One by a margin of almost four-to-one. But, as unhappy as people were with the ballot question, they’re still unhappy with the state of Michigan’s roads. So Governor Rick Snyder and lawmakers say they’ll go back to work on finding money for roads – and they will heed the lessons of Proposal One. Continue reading →
Eighteen schools in Detroit were closed Thursday as teachers and other staff skipped classes to protest at the state Capitol. Their target was Governor Rick Snyder’s latest turnaround plan for the Detroit Public Schools. Continue reading →
Governor Rick Snyder says he’s not on board with changing how Michigan divvies up presidential electors. A bill that was just rolled out would change Michigan from a winner-take-all state to one that divides the votes between the Democratic and Republican candidates. Continue reading →
Governor Rick Snyder is standing by the state’s contract with a private prison food vendor. That’s despite a report this week that an Aramark employee has been charged with smuggling heroin and other drugs into the state prison in Saint Louis. That’s on top of earlier instances of inappropriate contact between Aramark employees and inmates and food shortages in some prisons.