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If you want to win 700-thousand dollars, you might be in luck. If you know how to keep invasive carp out of the Great Lakes.

Governor Rick Snyder wants proposals for how the state can keep black, silver, and bighead carp out of the Great Lakes. The challenge opened Tuesday.

“There’s been numerous examples throughout the world where people who don’t normally work in the everyday environment of fish – in this example – can come up with some really great and innovative ideas,” said Senior Water Policy Advisor at the Michigan Department of Natural Resources, Tammy Newcomb.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to allow qualified companies that create hundreds or thousands of Michigan jobs to receive tax incentives. The Republican on Wednesday signed the "Good Jobs" package of bills at an industrial property in the Detroit suburb of Rochester Hills. His office says the law is designed to help diversify Michigan's economy and attract new, large-scale employers. 

Michigan's governor is making money available to help four counties that saw widespread damage amid flash flooding last month. Governor Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced that he's opened the Disaster and Emergency Contingency Fund to provide financial assistance to Bay, Isabella, Gladwin and Midland counties. Eligible local governments may apply for assistance grants of up to $100,000 or 10 percent of the previous year's operating budget, whichever is less. 

Drivers will be able to leave their vehicles running unattended on private property under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder. The law enacted Wednesday leaves intact a prohibition against running a vehicle unattended on a highway. The measure was introduced after a Detroit-area man was ticketed $128 for leaving his vehicle unattended in a driveway during the winter. 

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.

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