Rick Snyder http://michiganradio.org en Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA http://michiganradio.org/post/detroit-bankruptcy-case-bondholders-and-future-dia <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">It’s Thursday, the day we talk Michigan politics with Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, former Senate Majority Leader and senior policy fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Susan </span>Demas<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, publisher of Inside Michigan Politics.</span></p><p>This week, host Jennifer White discusses the latest developments in the Detroit bankruptcy case and examines the implications.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">There was a significant breakthrough yesterday. A settlement was announced between the city of Detroit and three major bond insurers. The insurers will get about 74 cents on the dollar, a significant increase from what emergency manager </span>Kevyn<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Orr originally offered, and the roughly $50 million in savings will go to support retirees.</span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The question now is whether retirees will accept further cuts to their pensions, given the fact that Gov. Rick Snyder has stated that the state will not put any money forward unless the retirees agree to cuts. Ken </span>Sikkema<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> says it's imperative that retirees back the plan.</span></p><p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:31:26 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 17195 at http://michiganradio.org Detroit bankruptcy case, bondholders and the future of the DIA Here's one reason gay voters, Jewish voters, and pro-choice women won't be voting for Snyder http://michiganradio.org/post/heres-one-reason-gay-voters-jewish-voters-and-pro-choice-women-wont-be-voting-snyder <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">This year’s race for governor has been unusual in one way. Four years ago, both parties had intense primary campaigns going on, and we had no idea in April who the nominees would be.</span></p><p>But this time, it has been settled for months.</p><p>Democrats avoided an expensive and divisive fight by uniting early around former legislator and Battle Creek congressman Mark Schauer.</p><p>There was never any possibility of a GOP contest once it was clear Rick Snyder would run for reelection, but the last few months must have been frustrating for Schauer.</p><p>Most polls show the race close, or dead even, but Schauer has failed to attract much attention. In part, that’s because there’s been so much other news, from Detroit’s bankruptcy to retiring congressmen to General Motors’ huge ignition-switch crisis. But it is also due to the fact that Schauer, a likeable and intelligent man, does not “fill up a room,” with charisma and the force of his personality.</p><p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:16:29 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 17087 at http://michiganradio.org Here's one reason gay voters, Jewish voters, and pro-choice women won't be voting for Snyder Snyder leaves Saturday for weeklong trade trip to Germany and Italy http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-leaves-saturday-weeklong-trade-trip-germany-and-italy <p>Gov. Rick Snyder is headed to Europe this weekend. It’s the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-governor-flies-europe-hopes-boosting-trade">second trade mission he’s taken to Germany </a>and Italy since taking office. He’s also taken t<a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/governor-snyder-leaves-trade-mission-china-and-japan">hree trade trips to Asia.</a></p><p>“I think everyone acknowledges the world is only becoming more global,” Snyder said.</p><p>Snyder says he’ll focus on the automotive and manufacturing industries during this weeklong trip.</p> Fri, 28 Mar 2014 18:29:47 +0000 Lindsey Smith 17018 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder leaves Saturday for weeklong trade trip to Germany and Italy Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight http://michiganradio.org/post/education-achievement-authority-still-faces-uphill-fight <p></p><p>The state Legislature could soon give Gov. Snyder something he’s wanted for a long time: a bill that would clear the way for the controversial Education Achievement Authority to expand.</p><p>The Senate is <a href="http://www.detroitnews.com/article/20140320/POLITICS02/303200131">now considering a bill passed by the House</a> that would, among other things, allow the EAA to expand beyond Detroit. The state-run district for the lowest-performing schools is the governor’s signature education initiative.</p> Thu, 27 Mar 2014 14:39:17 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16997 at http://michiganradio.org Education Achievement Authority still faces uphill fight Snyder touts benefits of foreign investment for Michigan http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-touts-benefits-foreign-investment-michigan <p>Governor Snyder says a new survey shows his efforts to attract more international investment in Michigan is paying off.</p><p><a href="http://www.pwc.com/en_US/us/tax-services-multinationals/publications/insourcing-survey-full-findings-2014.jhtml">The “insourcing” survey</a> cites Michigan for adding more than 250,000 private sector jobs since 2010, and 32,000 from foreign investment in 2011 alone –more than twice as many as any other state.</p><p>The survey found that the heads of multinational firms are cautiously bullish about doing business in the U.S., but things could be better.</p> Sat, 22 Mar 2014 18:17:09 +0000 Sarah Cwiek 16940 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder touts benefits of foreign investment for Michigan Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-skills-gap-most-critical-issue-facing-michigan-s-economic-future <p>Closing the skills gap is the most critical issue facing Michigan’s future. That’s according to Gov. Rick Snyder, who made the remarks during his second annual economic summit in Grand Rapids Tuesday.</p><p>“We have a lot of wonderful openings but they require more skills than people traditionally thought about,” Snyder said.</p><p>Snyder says the notion that people only need a college degree to get ahead is “messed up.” He says the state, the private sector and education institutes must do a better job preparing the state’s labor force to get into middle-class jobs that are available.</p> Tue, 18 Mar 2014 20:25:57 +0000 Lindsey Smith 16887 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder: Skills gap most critical issue facing Michigan’s economic future Olympic ice dancing champions honored at Michigan capitol http://michiganradio.org/post/olympic-ice-dancing-champions-honored-michigan-capitol <table border="0" cellpadding="0"><tbody><tr><td><p>Gov. Rick Snyder honored Olympic ice dancing champions Meryl Davis and Charlie White at the state Capitol today.</p><p></p><p>The two University of Michigan students won gold medals at the recent Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.</p><p></p><p>During the ceremony, Snyder noted many of the Olympic ice dancing pairs live and train in Michigan.</p><p></p><p>“I think it’s fair to say that Michigan is the ice dancing capitol of the world,” Snyder said, which drew applause from the audience.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 16:00:17 +0000 Steve Carmody 16809 at http://michiganradio.org Olympic ice dancing champions honored at Michigan capitol Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon http://michiganradio.org/post/compromise-emergency-road-funding-be-announced-afternoon <p>State lawmakers will roll out a deal this afternoon on a spending package to fix Michigan’s pothole-filled roads.</p><p></p><p>The supplement funding bill is expected to include $200 million for local road agencies. Brutal winter weather has drained county and city road budgets.</p><p></p><p>State House Speaker Jase Bolger declined to give specifics about the compromise road bill this morning, except to say it will address the state’s immediate road problems.</p><p></p> Tue, 11 Mar 2014 15:19:20 +0000 Steve Carmody 16807 at http://michiganradio.org Compromise on emergency road funding to be announced this afternoon Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court http://michiganradio.org/post/battle-over-new-us-canada-bridge-moves-court <p> DETROIT (AP) - The owner of the Ambassador Bridge is asking a judge to stop the U.S. Coast Guard from giving a permit for a new bridge connecting Michigan and Ontario.<br /><br />Lawyers for the bridge company say it has an exclusive right to provide a bridge between the U.S. and Canada. It wants to build its own second span. The Detroit Free Press says a federal judge in Washington could hold a hearing early in April.<br /> Sat, 08 Mar 2014 17:01:00 +0000 Steve Carmody 16772 at http://michiganradio.org Battle over new US-Canada bridge moves to court Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP http://michiganradio.org/post/michigans-same-sex-marriage-trial-has-political-implications-states-gop <p>We are one week, halfway through, the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/lesbian-couples-challenge-michigans-ban-same-sex-marriage-starts-tomorrow">trial in federal court in Detroit</a> centering on the <a href="http://michiganradio.org/post/meet-couple-challenging-michigans-gay-marriage-ban">challenge </a>to Michigan’s constitutional ban on same-sex marriage. The arguments are supposed to go on for another week, and then we’ll wait for the judge’s decision. But the case’s mere existence, the fact that it’s occurring, is having an effect on the political landscape in Michigan.</p><p>And, it should be noted that these hearings are not taking place within a vacuum. Just this week we saw two more gay marriage rulings. Texas’ ban on<a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/judge-strikes-down-texas-gay-marriage-ban-paving-way-for-shift-in-conservative-bastion/2014/02/26/201d6cd0-9f1f-11e3-9ba6-800d1192d08b_story.html"> same-sex marriage was struck down</a> and Kentucky was <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thetwo-way/2014/02/27/283508733/federal-judge-rules-kentucky-must-recognize-gay-marriages">ordered to recognize same-sex marriages</a> performed in other states.</p><p>There is also another <a href="http://www.mlive.com/lansing-news/index.ssf/2014/02/gov_rick_snyder_asks_federal_j.html">federal case underway</a> here in Michigan that is challenging the state’s refusal to allow live-in partner benefits for public employees. It’s the mechanism that was created to allow same-sex couples to use their benefits to cover partners and children who would otherwise be denied coverage under Michigan’s marriage amendment, approved by voters in a statewide election 10 years ago. Fri, 28 Feb 2014 22:43:59 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 16667 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan's same-sex marriage trial has political implications for state's GOP Why this Michigan tax reform is getting bipartisan support http://michiganradio.org/post/why-michigan-tax-reform-getting-bipartisan-support <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">When Governor Snyder pushed through a repeal of the the personal property tax — aka the </span>PPT<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> — in late 2012, it was seen as a good step towards encouraging businesses to set up and expand in Michigan.</span></p><p>But local governments took it right on the chin. As the PPT phased out, many were in line to lose a significant source of revenue.</p><p>But there's good news for municipal officials worried about a great big hole in their budgets.</p><p>A package of bills has been introduced in the State Senate that would plug that hole, without having to revert to anything like the PPT, which Governor Snyder called "the second-dumbest tax" in Michigan.</p><p>And this package seems to have just about everyone on board, including both Democratic and Republican lawmakers.</p><p>Here to tell us more is Kathleen Gray from the Detroit Free Press, and MLive’s Jonathan Oosting.</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 26 Feb 2014 21:53:04 +0000 Stateside Staff 16620 at http://michiganradio.org Why this Michigan tax reform is getting bipartisan support Deal assures Michigan cities won't be hurt by business tax cut http://michiganradio.org/post/deal-assures-michigan-cities-wont-be-hurt-business-tax-cut <p>LANSING – Michigan lawmakers this week will propose a deal to guarantee that local governments lose little to no revenue from a planned phase-out of taxes on industrial machinery and small businesses' equipment.<br /><br />The business tax cuts were enacted by Gov. Rick Snyder and legislators at the end of 2012. But they will be halted if a statewide vote fails in August.<br /><br />An agreement reached among Snyder's administration, business interests and local officials would make sure municipalities opposing a loss in revenue are mostly kept whole.<br /> Sun, 23 Feb 2014 16:44:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16564 at http://michiganradio.org Deal assures Michigan cities won't be hurt by business tax cut Gov. Snyder warns Michigan to get ready for new round of weather troubles http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-warns-michigan-get-ready-new-round-weather-troubles <p>A new round of harsh winter weather is on the way. Snow, rain, and freezing rain are all part of the forecast for the Lower Peninsula, and the Upper Peninsula could be in for a blizzard.</p><p></p><p>Dealing with this year’s record and near-record cold and snow is already busting budgets as overtime, equipment, and supply costs are going higher than planned.</p><p></p><p>“This is a record winter in terms of cold, snow and we still have more to come,” said Gov. Rick Snyder. &nbsp;</p><p></p> Thu, 20 Feb 2014 04:08:57 +0000 Rick Pluta 16521 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder warns Michigan to get ready for new round of weather troubles What's behind Michigan's propane emergency? http://michiganradio.org/post/whats-behind-michigans-propane-emergency <p>Last month, in the midst of the polar vortex, Gov. Rick Snyder declared an energy emergency in the state as propane supplies dropped.</p><p>The shortage continues as Michiganders who rely on propane &nbsp;for their heat have to worry about getting propane – and when they do, dealing with major price increases.</p><p>What's behind the shortage? And what does it mean for the 9 to 10 percent of Michigan homes that use propane for heat?</p><p><em>Listen to the full interview above.&nbsp;</em></p><p> Wed, 19 Feb 2014 21:54:33 +0000 Stateside Staff 16510 at http://michiganradio.org What's behind Michigan's propane emergency? State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill http://michiganradio.org/post/state-board-education-opposes-snow-day-bill <p>The State Board of Education is recommending Michigan public school districts add additional days, not additional hours, to the school year to make up for this year’s snow days.<br /><br />Last year, Gov. Rick Snyder signed a bill allowing districts exceeding the state's snow day limit to add hours to class time instead of extra days.<br /><br />But the law only applied for the 2012-2013 school year.<br /><br />Now legislators in Lansing are trying to extend that option indefinitely with&nbsp;House Bill 5285.<br /><br />State Rep. Phil Potvin, R-Cadillac, a sponsor of the bill, says districts who choose to make up for lost instruction time will have to add a minimum of 30 minutes to the school day.</p><p> Thu, 13 Feb 2014 18:14:57 +0000 Michigan Radio Newsroom 16433 at http://michiganradio.org State Board of Education opposes snow-day bill Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention http://michiganradio.org/post/roads-and-sewers-arent-sexy-they-need-our-attention <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Back during the Great Depression, some radicals were strongly against helping starving people at all. They believed that when only their condition was so bad and so hopeless and they couldn’t stand it anymore, they would finally revolt and bring about a new society.</span></p><p>That never happened, of course, in part because the New Deal kept people alive and gave them hope in the future. For a long time, I thought the idea that you could get people to do the right thing only by making them suffer terribly was heartless.</p> Wed, 12 Feb 2014 21:02:21 +0000 Jack Lessenberry 16409 at http://michiganradio.org Roads and sewers aren't sexy, but they need our attention High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program http://michiganradio.org/post/high-stakes-michigans-pilot-apprenticeship-program <p>Michigan imports a lot of things from Germany, from craft beer to high-tech appliances.<br /><br />Now, the state's trying to import Germany's highly successful apprentice system.<br /><br />The hope is that employer-paid apprenticeships could address two problems: high-skilled jobs that go unfilled – and four-year college degrees that are becoming unaffordable.<br /><br />One such program is already underway, teaching students how to manage automated assembly lines.</p><p> Tue, 11 Feb 2014 11:00:00 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16374 at http://michiganradio.org High stakes for Michigan's pilot apprenticeship program Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? http://michiganradio.org/post/could-german-style-paid-apprenticeships-work-michigan <p align="LEFT">In the United States, high school students are often told they need a four-year college degree to get a good job. That can mean racking up a lot of debt.</p><p align="LEFT">But in Germany, students can choose a paid apprenticeship. Now, Michigan officials hope to import the system here.</p><p align="LEFT">The apprentice system in Germany is extensive. You can become a land surveyor, a bank clerk, a robotics technician... so it's not hard to find someone who's done it.</p><p align="LEFT">When&nbsp;Sophie Stepke was 16, she was&nbsp;a typical teen. She had no idea what she wanted to do for a living.</p><p align="LEFT">She could have postponed a decision by staying in high school. Instead,</p><blockquote><p align="LEFT">I went for an apprenticeship as a professional land surveyor. So for three years, I worked with an employer, I went to school, and I basically became a professional land surveyor. So I was staying out there building streets and building houses and all that kind of stuff.</p></blockquote><p align="LEFT"> Mon, 10 Feb 2014 04:49:18 +0000 Tracy Samilton 16371 at http://michiganradio.org Could German-style paid apprenticeships work in Michigan? Gov. Snyder wants boost in local revenue sharing http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-wants-boost-local-revenue-sharing <p>LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Local governments bore steep cuts in state revenue-sharing payments in the 2000s as sales tax collections lagged and lawmakers siphoned off money to deal with budget deficits.<br /><br />Now as the economy recovers and the budget stabilizes, Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is proposing a 15 percent increase in the next budget.<br /><br />He once cut statutory shared revenue to cities and townships by a third.<br /> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 23:07:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16364 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder wants boost in local revenue sharing Gov. Snyder talks about economy, bridge and pandas (?) http://michiganradio.org/post/gov-snyder-talks-about-economy-bridge-and-pandas <p>DETROIT (AP) - Panda bears at the Detroit Zoo?<br /><br />Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder tells business leaders that he'd like to see it happen, although he acknowledged Friday that the bears are expensive and hard to obtain. He's been interested since traveling to China on trade missions.<br /> Sat, 08 Feb 2014 17:29:00 +0000 The Associated Press 16361 at http://michiganradio.org Gov. Snyder talks about economy, bridge and pandas (?)