Governor Rick Snyder

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.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed into law criminal justice changes that advocates say are intended to keep criminals from reoffending.

About 30 percent of Michigan's 41,000 inmates return to prison within three years, and half have been locked up for parole or probation violations.

Combating recidivism saves the government money and makes citizens safer, according to backers of the legislation enacted Thursday.

Snyder signed the legislation at a Kalamazoo coffee shop that hires ex-offenders and helps them with life skills such as paying bills.

Snyder: GOP health bill would 'adversely impact' residents

Mar 21, 2017

Gov. Rick Snyder has written letters to every member of Michigan's congressional delegation to warn how House Republicans' health care legislation would "adversely impact" the state's most vulnerable residents. The Republican governor's letter, dated Tuesday, says the debate has largely focused on people participating in the expanded Medicaid program. But he says half of all Michigan children are served by the traditional Medicaid program, which would also be affected by the bill. 

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Michigan should make community college free for all and give merit-based scholarships to high school graduates who attend the state's public universities, says a commission formed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The panel released a report Friday that calls for getting rid of grade levels and instead advancing students only once they master content. The study also recommends universal access to preschool for all 4-year-olds - not just disadvantaged and poor ones - and state aid to help pay for school buildings in low-income districts and those used by publicly funded charter schools.

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A bill that would keep bids secret until the state government awards a contract is nearing final approval in Michigan's Legislature.

Supporters say the legislation up for a vote in the House this week would prevent firms from using the Freedom of Information Act to access the bid information of competitors in order to win a state contract.

Companies' trade secrets and other financial and propriety information would be fully exempt from disclosure.

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed announces campaign for governor

Feb 27, 2017

Another candidate has thrown their hat in the ring as Former Detroit health director Dr. Abdul El-Sayed says he is entering the Michigan governor's race. El-Sayed is running as a Democrat and made his campaign announcement Saturday during a rally in Detroit.

The 32-year-old El-Sayed is a 2007 University of Michigan graduate. He was a Rhodes Scholar and earned his doctorate from Oxford University and medical degree from Columbia University. El-Sayed was appointed executive director of Detroit's health department in 2015, but resigned this month to run for governor.

A Michigan lawmaker who left office in December under term limits has been named as the state's next lottery commissioner. Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointment of Aric Nesbitt on Friday. He succeeds M. Scott Bowen, who took the job in 2008 and announced his resignation in October. 

Nesbitt, a Republican from Lawton who served three terms in the House, will make $145,000 a year. His appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate. The lottery generated nearly $800 million for schools in 2015.

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A Republican-led House panel has voted to cut Michigan's income tax and eliminate it over a number of decades despite "serious concerns" lodged by Gov. Rick Snyder.

Supporters say the bill approved 7-4 Wednesday would fulfill a nearly decade-old promise to reduce the 4.25 percent tax to 3.9 percent after it was raised to balance the budget.

Opponents say the tax cut would cost the state $680 million next budget year and $1.1 billion in the first full year at a time general funds are tightening.

Grand Rapids Home for Veterans are planning to build a new multi-million dollar, 120-bed facility in 2019 as Governor Rick Snyder approved the overarching plan this month. The plans come after a state audit released in February revealed inadequate staffing levels and a failure to properly investigate allegations of abuse, neglect and inadequate staffing at the home. WGVU spoke with Michigan Veterans Affairs AGency Director James Robert Redford about the new facility and how the agency has responded since the audit's release. 

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says he doesn't think a primary function of state and local police is to act as immigration officers.

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