Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

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Gov. Rick Snyder says the federal tax overhaul will cause residents' state income taxes to increase, and he's committed to ensuring taxpayers ultimately don't have to pay more.

The tax legislation, which President Donald Trump will sign, will eliminate the $4,050 personal exemption. That's an issue because Michigan lets people claim a $4,000 exemption for each exemption taken on their federal return.

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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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a bill that requires reporting by municipal retirement systems on their unfunded pension and health care costs.

Local governments will report the information annually to the state Department of Treasury under the law enacted Monday.

Any municipality below 60 percent funding will have to report the steps, if any, it is taking to reduce unfunded liabilities.

The legislation is the lone part of a controversial, Republican-backed push to curtail retiree benefits late last year that has become law.

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Michigan will be unable to rule that someone committed unemployment benefits fraud unless a state worker verifies it under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The law OK'd Monday prohibits what's known as "auto-adjudication." It codifies a change the state Unemployment Insurance Agency put in place in 2015 after thousands of people receiving jobless benefits were mistakenly accused of fraud by a computer system.

Gov. Rick Snyder's administration announced last week that the director of the agency was reassigned in the wake of criticism over the problem.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to let Michigan stores ship wine directly to in-state customers using common carriers such as FedEx or UPS but ban out-of-state retailers from sending beer and wine to Michigan customers.

Beer and wine wholesalers say the law enacted Monday will crack down on illegal wine shipments from online wine retailers and "wine clubs," and customers can still get wines directly shipped from wineries.

But wine sellers say the "poorly written" bill should have been vetoed because it is unconstitutional and will be challenged in court.

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Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation to further shield municipalities from lawsuits filed by people who trip and fall on sidewalks.

The law enacted Wednesday lets cities defend themselves by saying sidewalk defects are "open and obvious."

Supporters say Detroit pays millions annually in sidewalk-injury settlements and should have a defense that is available to businesses.

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Midwives in Michigan will need a state license before helping women give birth under legislation signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.

The bill enacted Wednesday requires midwives to obtained informed consent from patients and to establish patient-specific protocols for transfer to a physician or hospital if needed.

The state will consult with a new Michigan Board of Licensed Midwifery to write rules for the administration of prescription drugs and medicines.

The state estimates that about 45 people will apply for a midwife license initially.

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a rewrite of state energy laws intended to boost the required use of renewable power sources and keep intact some competition in the electricity market.

The Republican governor signed the legislation Wednesday that was approved last week by the Michigan Legislature with bipartisan votes.

The measures long have been among Snyder's priorities at a time when many coal-fired power plants are closing.

The House GOP had been at an impasse on an energy overhaul.

A senior House Democrat is accusing Michigan's Republican governor of stonewalling the House Oversight Committee over documents the panel is seeking related to Flint, Michigan's ongoing water crisis. 

Rep. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, senior Democrat on the oversight panel, says he wants Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder to produce key Flint-related documents within 30 days. Cummings says Snyder and his administration have obstructed the committee's investigation into the Flint crisis for a year, refusing to provide - or even search for - key documents.

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Governor Rick Snyder is defending a move by a board he appointed to oversee Flint.

The Receivership Transition Advisory Board (RTAB) has come under fire for revoking Flint’s ability to sue the state.

The five-member board was created at the end of April 2015, after Flint was taken out of emergency management, and is supposed to monitor the city.

Flint Mayor Karen Weaver filed a notice of intent to sue the state over the Flint water crisis back in March. She says she did not intend to sue the state at that point, but needed to file the notice to keep the ability.

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