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Politics & Government
5:41 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

Clergy call on state lawmakers to address gun violence

Michigan clergy members pray at thestate Capitol while holding cards with the names of children killed by gunviolence

A group of Michigan clergy wants state lawmakers to drop a number of pro-gun bills.

Faith leaders held a prayer service today at the state Capitol to protest the measures. Clergy members sang hymns as they marched to the Capitol.

Each held a yellow card with the name of a child from their community killed by gun violence.

“We’re going to fill the heavens, the atmosphere with prayers," said Flint pastor Ken Boykins. "We mean business. We’re not going to back off. And something has to be done.”

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Politics & Government
5:34 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State leaders question plan to divide Michigan’s electoral votes

Governor Snyder said a plan to split Michigan's Electoral College votes should not be considered at this time.
Office of Governor Rick Snyder Wikimedia Commons

Two top Republicans in Lansing say they’re not on board with a plan to split Michigan’s Electoral College votes.

Lawmakers have been expecting a bill that would divide the state’s electoral votes by congressional district.

State Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville said that would make the state less important in presidential elections.

“At this point in time, I’m still sticking to my guns. I think the bigger package of votes for the winner brings more attention to the state and keeps us united. So I haven’t been convinced otherwise yet,” Richardville said.

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The Environment Report
12:02 pm
Tue January 29, 2013

State officials want your input on Michigan's energy future

The Holland coal plant
Lindsey Smith Michigan Radio

You can listen to today's Environment Report segment here or read the story below.

In Michigan, we get more than half of our electricity from coal.  All of that coal is imported from other states.

In a couple weeks, you’ll get a chance to weigh in on how we’ll use energy in the future.

When Governor Rick Snyder gave his Special Message on Energy and the Environment last fall, he said he wanted to hold forums around the state to talk about energy.

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Politics & Government
4:25 pm
Mon January 28, 2013

Gov. Snyder says low water levels in Great Lakes require emergency action


Governor Rick Snyder says emergency actions are necessary to address low water levels in the Great Lakes.

The lakes are at their lowest levels in decades.

Snyder says that could be a big threat to Michigan’s harbors.

“There’s going to be a need to do some, what I would describe as emergency dredging, to make sure we keep it open for commerce, for tourism, for many other issues. And that’s something we need to be discussing,” Snyder said.

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11:05 am
Sat January 26, 2013

Michigan's governor eyes mental health makeover, GOP skeptical

Gov. Rick Snyder, (R) Michigan (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Governor Rick Snyder says he has concerns about whether Michigan's health care system could handle the increased number of patients if the state agrees to expand Medicaid eligibility.

The Republican has said one of the benefits of opting in to an expansion under the Affordable Health Care Act is it would allow the state to significantly expand assistance for those who need mental health care.

Snyder said Friday that he hasn't made his decision but will announce it during his budget address on February 7th.

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11:14 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Governor Snyder not convinced gun laws an efficient use of state lawmakers’ time

Gun rights supporters rally in Lansing in January 2013.
Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Governor Rick Snyder is weighing in on the debate over guns laws going on at the state Capitol. There are a number of new bills related to guns pending. Snyder was asked if he supports any of the proposed changes at events in Grand Rapids Friday.

Not to downplay the importance of gun rights or guns laws, but Governor Snyder just doesn’t think guns in general have a big part in his plan to “reinvent Michigan.” He says lawmakers in Lansing should let the debate over gun control run its course at the federal level first.

“In the meantime we could get a lot done on jobs, infrastructure, education; a lot of important topics. So I would prefer we stay on those topics,” Snyder said.

Snyder says he would consider improvements to the state's mental health system before focusing on changes to its gun laws.

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Politics & Government
7:45 pm
Fri January 25, 2013

Michigan's governor declares Energy Emergency in parts of the Upper Peninsula

A propane tank sits, covered in snow.

Michigan Governor Rick Snyder has declared a State of Energy Emergency in part of the Upper Peninsula.

There’s a shortage of propane in parts of the Upper Peninsula and Wisconsin. 

According to the governor’s state of energy emergency declaration, high demand for propane, coupled with repairs on a propane pipeline terminal has resulted in a temporary shortage.

The executive order suspends regulations restricting how many hours a day propane truck drivers can operate.    Drivers must travel longer distances to get to where propane is available.

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Politics & Government
12:34 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Governor hopes to rely less on state incentives for future jobs

Steve Carmody Michigan Radio

Governor Rick Snyder was on hand to help celebrate as the Michigan Strategic Fund approved state-paid incentives to 14 new business projects.     

The governor said lower taxes, fewer regulations, and a skilled workforce should make incentives less necessary in the future. But he said state assistance still has to be part of the mix. 

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4:52 pm
Tue January 22, 2013

Stateside: Looking at Michigan's new abortion law 40 years after Roe v. Wade

Protestors in favor of pro-choice.
Rick Pluta Michigan Public Radio

Dr. Harris discussed recent legislation regarding abortions in Michigan.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Among the flood of bills passed in the waning days of 2012 came House Bill 5711.

The bill was signed by Gov. Snyder last month and became law (Public Act 499 of 2012).

Dr. Lisa Hope Harris Assistant Professor of Obstetrics & Gynecology at the University of Michigan spoke with Cyndy about the new law and its implications for the state.

“There are four components to the new law. The first is that health centers that provide 120 or more surgical abortions per year and advertise those abortions be licensed as free-standing surgical centers. The law does include waivers… Clinics will very likely be able to comply with this regulation. That means that women are unlikely to be directly affected by the component of the new law.”

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Politics & Government
2:19 pm
Mon January 21, 2013

Hathaway resignation official; Snyder considers replacements for Supreme Court seat


As Justice Diane Hathaway officially resigns from the Michigan Supreme Court today, Governor Rick Snyder says he is considering her replacement.

Hathaway’s resignation comes after federal prosecutors charged the justice with bank fraud in connection with a 2011 real estate deal.

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Politics & Government
8:18 am
Mon January 21, 2013

Michiganders will take part in today's presidential inaugural parade

President Barack Obama
official portrait

There will be a big parade in Washington D.C. after today’s inauguration ceremony.

Many people from Michigan will be in the parade.

Jocelyn Benson is the president of the Military Spouses of Michigan. She says it’s a great honor for a group whose sacrifices are often overlooked.

Benson says she’s looking forward to the parade, even though the temperatures will be on the chilly side.

Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: The economics behind State of the State

Governor Snyder gave his State of the State speech last night.
Rick Snyder for Michigan Facebook.com

Rick Pluta and Charley Ballard assessed Governor Snyder's State of the State address.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Rick Pluta of Michigan Public Radio Lansing Bureau Chief and Michigan State Economics Professor, Charley Ballard weighed in with their responses to Snyder’s State of the State speech.

“It was a pretty standard State of the State speech…The one wrinkle in that was just for one brief moment, the governor did allude to the controversies of last year and said he was hoping that going forward they could find ways to work together,” said Pluta.

Ballard said Snyder’s transportation proposal could be good for Michigan’s economy.

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Politics & Government
5:12 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: A State of the State analysis with Governor Snyder

Governor Snyder spoke about last night's address.

The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Last night Governor Rick Snyder delivered his State of the State address.

Today he spoke with Cyndy about the speech and his 2013 plans.

The governor began by assessing his transportation proposal.

“This is all about saving money. By actually doing this the right way, it will save us a tremendous amount of money that we’d have to pay later….This billion dollars a year, if we did that for ten years--that’s a lot of money. But if we didn’t, the bill we would have to pay to bring our roads back would be $25 billion. So it’s a huge savings by doing this…” said Snyder.

According to Snyder, one’s party affiliation shouldn’t affect discussions of the legislation. 

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Politics & Government
5:03 pm
Thu January 17, 2013

Stateside: House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel reacts to State of State address


The following is a summary of a previously recorded interview. To hear the complete segment, click the audio above.

Today, House Democratic Leader Tim Greimel spoke with Cyndy about his reaction to Governor Snyder’s State of the State address.

“We stand willing and eager to work together in a bipartisan way to move our state forward and we’ll have to whether the Republicans show that same willingness,” Greimel said.

He thinks Democrats could possibly agree with Snyder's proposal to allow voters to register online.

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Politics & Government
5:49 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Governor Snyder talks about roads and reconciliation in 'State of the State' address

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) Michigan
Official Portrait

Governor Rick Snyder made his pitch for higher taxes and fees to pay for roads in his third State of the State address.

He says Michigan needs at least a billion additional dollars in the coming year to pay for badly needed repairs to the state’s ailing infrastructure.  He may also need a plan to repair his strained relationships with Democrats to get what he wants.

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Politics & Government
11:02 am
Wed January 16, 2013

Michigan Gov. Snyder to deliver 'State of the State' tonight

Snyder delivering last year's State of the State address.
Snyder Administration

Governor Snyder will deliver his third State of the State speech tonight.

He says he’ll offer a plan to raise a lot more money to fix roads and bridges and improve rail corridors. He says Michigan’s gas tax needs to be updated to reflect the changing realities in how people drive and the vehicles they buy.

"It would likely be a combination of features so you could be talking about fuel tax, but also registration fees because you do have concerns about the long term in terms of people going to electric vehicles and others who won’t be paying in," said Snyder.

The governor says he knows it won’t be easy to sell higher taxes and fees to the Legislature and the public, but he says they’re an investment that will save money over the long term.
The governor says he also intends to talk about the Great Lakes in his address, and matching workers’ skills to jobs.

Politics & Government
3:45 pm
Tue January 15, 2013

Michigan Democrats give “Real State of the State” speech

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel (Auburn Hills) gives what Michigan Democrats call the "Real State of the State."

A day before Governor Rick Snyder gives his third State of the State address, state Democrats voiced a laundry list of criticisms of Snyder and Republican lawmakers.

State House Minority Leader Tim Greimel talked on Tuesday about what he calls the “Real State of the State”.

He said Michigan Republicans have given corporations too many breaks at the expense of middle-class families.

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Politics & Government
7:41 am
Sun January 13, 2013

UAW to protest at Snyder's State of State speech

Unions are upset with Gov. Snyder for signing Right to Work legislation. Thousands of protesters demonstrated at the state capitol on the day when the bill was passed and signed into law.
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - The United Auto Workers and other labor unions are calling on members to protest before and during Gov. Rick Snyder's third State of the State address in Lansing.

The Republican governor's speech is scheduled for Wednesday evening in the state Capitol.

The UAW and other unions are planning to be outside to protest GOP policies they say are hurting the middle class. They're especially upset about a new law ending requirements that workers pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Politics & Government
4:50 pm
Sat January 12, 2013

Michigan's governor had mixed results with last State of State

Gov. Rick Snyder (R) Michigan (file photo)
Steve Carmody/Michigan Radio

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - Gov. Rick Snyder heads into next week's State of the State address with some unfinished business.

Some of the big proposals he gave in last year's speech stalled in the Republican-led Legislature.

His new address could be less of a long list of new policy proposals and more of a call to revisit items like raising $1.4 billion more for road maintenance.

Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are reluctant to raise the state gas tax or vehicle registration fees.

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It's Just Politics
2:41 pm
Fri January 11, 2013

Will Republicans and Democrats play nice in Lansing in 2013?

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

It's Just Politics with Zoe Clark and Rick Pluta

The 97th Legislature of the state of Michigan began this week, having still not shaken off the hangover of last year, as Republicans forced through controversial issues like right-to-work during last month’s lame duck session. And, it’s probably fair to say that this is more than a double-aspirin hangover.

There are however, some efforts toward mending some of the very hard feelings leftover. “This past year has strained relationships,” state House Speaker Jase Bolger said on the House floor, “however, we can and should leave that past behind us.” Of course, that’s easy to say when you’re not the one still spitting the sand out of your mouth. But, Democrats and Republicans did negotiate for a peaceful opening day.

Yet, Democrats and unions have made it plain that forgive and forget is not in the cards.  They want the last two years, especially everything that happened in December, to be the main topic of conversation in Michigan politics for the next two years. And it certainly seemed like another thumb in their eye when the Michigan Economic Development Corporation paid for an ad in the Wall Street Journal touting Michigan as the nation’s newest right-to-work state under the banner of the very successful and super popular Pure Michigan brand. Democrats say it’s politicizing the brand and some marketing experts are even saying it might not have been the wisest choice.

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