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Snyder budget plan focuses on help for Flint, DPS

DSC04187-BGovernor Rick Snyder had to push past a throng of protesters as he prepared to present his budget plan for the coming fiscal year. As we hear from The Michigan Public Radio Network’s Rick Pluta, much of the plan focuses on crises that emerged last year, including the Flint water crisis.
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State board approves one Snyder recall petition, rejects nine others

Snyder_courtesy_4A state elections board has approved one petition that seeks to recall Governor Rick Snyder, but rejected several others. The rejected petitions include efforts to remove the governor for his handling of the Flint water crisis.

The rejected petitions were mostly due to spelling and grammar errors that could have made the drives susceptible to a legal challenge. Continue reading

Senate adopts emergency budget bill to help Flint residents with water bills

money-coinsThe Michigan Senate has adopted a 30 (m) million emergency spending measure to help Flint residents with their water bills. Governor Rick Snyder asked for the appropriation this week after Flint residents complained they should not have to pay for water they can’t drink because of the threat of lead contamination.
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Attorney wants Gov. Snyder’s Flint emails going back to 2011

Attorney Michael Pitt appearing on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record to talk about his lawsuit against the state for its handling of the Flint water crisis.

Attorney Michael Pitt appearing on the Michigan Public Television program Off the Record to talk about his lawsuit against the state for its handling of the Flint water crisis.

An attorney who’s suing the state over its handling of the Flint water crisis is after a wide array of electronic communications from state officials.

Michael Pitt says that includes all of Gov. Rick Snyder’s e-mails about Flint going back to 2011.
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Dems call on Snyder to push transparency measures ahead of State of the State

Gov Rick SnyderFlint’s water crisis is expected to be the focus of Governor Rick Snyder’s State of the State speech tonight.

Snyder will likely outline the next phase of his administration’s response to the crisis.

Michigan Democrats are calling for him to also back transparency measures that would – among other things – subject his office and lawmakers to public information requests.

“To clean up state government, and get to the bottom of the Flint water debacle and the other scandals plaguing this Republican-led government,” said Brandon Dillon.

Dillon chairs the Michigan Democratic Party. He’s also calling on the governor to release his e-mails related to Flint’s water crisis.

Governor approves end to straight-ticket voting

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder has signed a law that eliminates the option of voting a straight-party ballot on Election Day.

Michigan was one of 10 states that allows straight-ticket voting with one mark on the ballot. Democrats opposed the bill. They say getting rid of the straight-ticket option will discourage some people from voting, and will lead to longer lines on Election Day.
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DNR Director Creagh to serve as interim environmental quality director

flintGovernor Rick Snyder has tapped Keith Creagh to serve as interim director of the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality. That’s after Dan Wyant stepped down over mistakes that resulted in high lead levels in Flint’s tap water.

Creagh has served as director of the Michigan Department of Natural Resources since 2012. He previously headed the Department of Agriculture and Rural Development.