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New law makes it easier to sentence youths to diversion programs

jail imageGovernor Rick Snyder has signed a law that encourages judges to send younger offenders into alternatives to jail and programs that put them into contact with adults who commit crimes.
The goal is to expand services already available to help young offenders turn around their lives and clear their records.
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Governor Snyder signs Detroit schools bailout

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder has signed a 617 (m) million dollar bailout of the Detroit Public Schools.

The plan creates a new debt-free Detroit school district. It will focus on educating the district’s 46 thousand students while the old district pays down the old debt.

The bills signed by the governor also return control of the district to a locally elected school board following seven years of state control.

“So I think we’re on a positive path and I look forward to hopefully what that process happen.”

Critics say the Republican plan isn’t up to the task, and only delays the need for another rescue package or the collapse of the district.

The bills were adopted by the Legislature with no support from Democrats, Detroit lawmakers, or the city’s mayor.

Snyder booed by Flint crowd at POTUS event

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder took the stage to face an angry crowd in Flint today (Wed.). About a thousand people were gathered in a high school gymnasium to hear President Obama’s address in the city’s drinking water crisis. Many booed as the governor spoke for about two and a half minutes.
Governor Snyder is widely blamed in Flint for decisions that led to lead-tainted drinking water.
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Snyder: Flint water promise resumes following international trip

Snyder_courtesy_4Governor Rick Snyder arrives back home tomorrow (Sat.) following a week-long economic development trip to Europe.

The governor attended a manufacturing conference in Germany, toured a skilled trade training center in Switzerland, met with auto industry executives in Italy, and checked out state-of-the-art water infrastructure in The Netherlands – which, he says could serve as a model for lead pipe replacement in Flint.

The governor says he will resume his promise to drink filtered water from Flint for 30 days once he’s back.

“So I’ll be back drinking Flint water this weekend.”

The governor says he’ll add at least seven days of drinking Flint water to make up for the week he was in Europe.

Governor Snyder addresses public on criminal investigation

Gov Rick SnyderGovernor Rick Snyder addressed Wednesday’s announcement on criminal charges in the Flint water crisis in an afternoon press conference.  He called investigations into wrongdoing in Flint “critically important”.

Snyder says both state employees have been suspended without pay following the criminal charges.

He says a concurrent investigation by the Michigan State Police is still ongoing.