Governor Rick Snyder

Bill to repeal Michigan's switchblade ban going to Snyder

Jun 22, 2017

Michigan would no longer ban switchblades under a bill sent to Gov. Rick Snyder. The Senate on Thursday voted 36-1 to finalize legislation to repeal a prohibition against selling or possessing a knife with blades that can be opened by the flick of a button, pressure on the handle or "other mechanical contrivance." 

A violation is a misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a $300 fine. Lawmakers say the switchblade ban is unnecessary and is being enforced unevenly across the state.

A $56.7 billion state budget is headed toward Gov. Rick Snyder's desk after the Republican-led Senate gave it final approval on mostly party-line votes. The bills approved Thursday include more money for K-12 schools, universities and community colleges.

There is less for prison spending and environmental cleanup. Republicans say the budget includes record spending on K-12 education, money to train new state troopers and addresses debt in the teacher retirement system.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation requiring that public employees convicted of a crime related to their work lose a portion of their pension or 401(k). Michigan law had allowed for forfeiture of public employees' retirement benefits if they misuse funds or take bribes. The new law enacted Wednesday mandates such forfeitures and applies them to a convicted worker's 401(k) - not just a pension. 

Lawmakers are ramping up work on the state budget after cutting Gov. Rick Snyder out of talks. Republican leaders over the weekend set "target" spending levels - a key step needed before the House and Senate this week can start ironing out differences in a $55 billion spending plan. The leaders proceeded despite an impasse with the Republican governor over closing the pension system to newly hired school employees.

GOP leaders halt talks with Snyder after pension dispute

May 19, 2017

Republican legislative leaders have canceled budget talks with Gov. Rick Snyder's administration due to their dispute with the governor over switching new teachers away from a pension into a 401(k) retirement plan. Snyder opposes closing the pension system to newly hired school employees. 

Michigan economists will meet to give Gov. Rick Snyder and lawmakers revised tax revenue estimates needed before they finalize the next state budget in coming weeks. The meeting is scheduled for Wednesday morning at the Capitol. 

Legislative economists project that revenues for education spending are higher than was estimated months ago while dollars for general spending are lower.

Republican legislative leaders remain committed to closing the pension system to new teachers and instead giving them a 401(k) after getting mixed news about tax revenues.

Legislative fiscal agencies say school aid collections will be between $286 million and $364 million higher this fiscal year and next than was projected in January.

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Gov. Rick Snyder is set to name a new justice to the Michigan Supreme Court. The Republican governor has scheduled a Tuesday afternoon news conference to announce his pick.

Former Justice Robert Young Jr. resigned last month to return to a law firm.

Republicans have a 5-2 majority on the Supreme Court.

Young's successor will be able to seek election for a full eight-year term in 2018.

With this choice, Snyder will have appointed four of the justices on the seven-member court who have since won election.

The Peninsula

A package of Michigan bills that would ease the financial burden of cleaning up brownfield sites goes to the governor's desk.

Republican Sen. Ken Horn introduced the legislation that would let developers keep a portion of taxes after they redevelop a brownfield site.

The taxes would be collected from businesses and residents moving into the site.

The bills passed the House Thursday after a lukewarm response from some lawmakers, who called it crony capitalism.

The main bill passed 85-22.

Governor Rick Snyder plans to take executive action on tougher standards for lead in drinking water in the face of foot-dragging by the Legislature.

The Legislature’s Republican leaders have been cool to Governor Snyder’s proposed new lead-in-water rules, which would be tougher than federal standards.