veto http://michiganradio.org en Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan http://michiganradio.org/post/lansings-mayor-vetoes-city-council-changes-his-budget-plan <p>Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero today vetoed all the changes the city council made to his budget plan for next year.</p><p>The city council passed a budget on Monday that axed many of the mayor’s spending priorities in order to avoid new streetlight and fire hydrant fees.&nbsp; The fees would have added up to about 46 dollars a year for the average Lansing Board of Water and Light residential customer.&nbsp;</p><p>Money for road repairs, economic development, city IT services and personnel hiring were among the line items the city council axed from the budget.&nbsp;</p> Thu, 23 May 2013 21:04:14 +0000 Steve Carmody 12718 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing's mayor vetoes city council changes to his budget plan Snyder might sign voter ID bill http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-might-sign-voter-id-bill <p>Governor Rick Snyder&rsquo;s recent veto of Republican-sponsored election changes may not be the final word on the matter.</p><p>The governor last week vetoed legislation that would have required people to show a state-issued ID and affirm their U.S. citizenship before they could receive an absentee ballot.</p><p>Geralyn Lasher is the governor&rsquo;s communications director. She says the governor is not totally opposed to voter ID requirements.</p> Thu, 12 Jul 2012 21:29:13 +0000 Rick Pluta 8254 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder might sign voter ID bill Snyder and GOP go from 'In a relationship' to 'It's complicated' http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-and-gop-go-relationship-its-complicated <p>This week on<em> <a href="http://michiganradio.org/term/its-just-politics">It&#39;s Just Politics</a></em>: It&#39;s all about relationships. Specifically, the relationship between Gov. <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/term/rick-snyder-1">Rick Snyder</a> and his fellow Republicans in the Legislature. And, the status on this one just went from &ldquo;in a relationship&rdquo; to &ldquo;it&rsquo;s complicated.&rdquo;</p><p><strong>A Gubernatorial Veto</strong></p><p>The Governor vetoed three bills this week &ndash; they were part of a Republican elections package, most of which he signed. The three vetoed bills would have required people applying to vote for the first time or for absentee ballots to check a box affirming they are U.S. citizens. Another would have required photo ID for an absentee ballot. And, the third would have required state training for people who want to register voters. The Governor said the bills that he vetoed were too confusing and might discourage people from voting when the should should be making it easy to vote.<br /><br /><strong>Lansing Democrats, Republicans Shocked</strong><br /><br /> By vetoing these bills, Snyder not only broke with legislative Republicans, but also with established Republican Party opinion on how elections should be conducted. It&#39;s a classic divide between Republicans and Democrats, conservatives versus liberals, and it reflects how each side thinks the other party games the system to pirate elections. Republicans are concerned with ballot security - making sure only people who are supposed to vote actually cast a ballot. Democrats are more concerned about ballot access - that as many people as possible are allowed to vote.</p><p><strong>Breaking Up is Hard To Do</strong></p><p>These recent vetoes have many political-watchers wondering: What does this mean for the relationship between Gov. Snyder and Republicans? Is the Governor standing on principle, or showing there is a price to be paid for blocking his plans for an international bridge, road funding, opposing him on immigration and health care. The joke around town used to be that when Governor Snyder said something was, <a href="http://www.michiganradio.org/post/beneath-helmet-why-did-governor-snyder-sign-helmet-law-repeal">&quot;not on my agenda&rdquo;</a> that really meant: &quot;I&rsquo;ll sign it if you send it to me.&rdquo; Not so much any more. Fri, 06 Jul 2012 17:25:00 +0000 Zoe Clark & Rick Pluta 8171 at http://michiganradio.org Snyder and GOP go from 'In a relationship' to 'It's complicated' Lansing City Council passes budget, mayor's veto looms http://michiganradio.org/post/lansing-city-council-passes-budget-mayors-veto-looms <p>In the next few days, Lansing mayor Virg Bernero is expected to veto all or part of the budget plan the city council passed.&nbsp;</p><p>Bernero indicated his intention to veto the budget during a sometimes contentious city council meeting last night.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; He did little, if anything, to conceal his contempt for the changes the city council made to the budget plan he submitted two months ago. Tue, 22 May 2012 03:06:19 +0000 Steve Carmody 7557 at http://michiganradio.org Lansing City Council passes budget, mayor's veto looms Michigan Governor Snyder could veto first bill this week http://michiganradio.org/post/michigan-governor-snyder-could-veto-first-bill-week <p>Governor Rick Snyder could veto his first bill this week. He faces a Friday morning deadline to sign or a reject measure sent to him by the Republican-controlled Legislature.</p><p>The bill would make it difficult for state agencies to enact rules that are stricter than federal standards without first getting permission from the Legislature.</p><p>Sara Wurfel is the governor&rsquo;s press secretary.</p> Mon, 28 Nov 2011 21:25:28 +0000 Rick Pluta 5158 at http://michiganradio.org Michigan Governor Snyder could veto first bill this week Snyder could veto first non-budget bill http://michiganradio.org/post/snyder-could-veto-first-non-budget-bill <p>Governor Rick Snyder must decide soon whether to sign a bill that would restrict the ability of state regulators to impose stricter standards than those applied by the federal government. The proposal would require the Legislature to approve any stricter regulations. Hugh McDiarmid is with the Michigan Environmental Council. He believes the bill is a bad idea.</p><p><em>&ldquo;This isn&rsquo;t solely an issue about regulation or the environment,&quot; </em>McDiarmid said.<em> &quot;It&rsquo;s also a little bit about an issue of a power grab where the Legislature is taking power that now belongs to the governor to act, promulgate rules and various things and taking it for themselves.&rdquo;</em></p><p>Supporters of the bill say Michigan is less competitive in attracting businesses when it imposes stricter rules. Mike Johnston is with the Michigan Manufacturers Association, which favors the bill.&nbsp;</p><p><em>&ldquo;When Michigan imposes regulations in excess of federal standards we by definition make ourselves less competitive than other states that don&rsquo;t have to operate under those excessive regulations,&rdquo; </em>said Johnston.</p><p>A spokeswoman for Governor Snyder says he is concerned with many aspects of the measure. It could be the first bill sent to Snyder by the Republican Legislature that the governor vetoes. He has vetoed some budget line items. Mon, 14 Nov 2011 11:36:58 +0000 Laura Weber 4972 at http://michiganradio.org