Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder may encounter some student protestors when he gives Northern Michigan University’s May commencement address.

Graduating senior Nathan Frischkorn is part of the Facebook group Protest Snyder at Graduation. He says the governor’s failure to address the Flint water crisis is the main reason they’re against his presence. Frischkorn says that Snyder is just too divisive.

“We don’t think that a politician should be the commencement speaker, especially in such a politically heated climate,” he says.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he wants to spend his last year in office focused on creating a workforce to fill more than 800,000 current and future openings. 

He calls it a “Marshall Plan” for developing talent. The governor’s proposal to invest in training for jobs in skilled trades, information technology, and health care is named for the massive effort to rebuild Europe after World War II. He made the announcement at a science museum in Detroit.

The governor’s said he’s made filling positions in sought-after high-tech fields a priority already.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Governor Rick Snyder has accepted an invitation to speak at Northern Michigan University’s May commencement. 

Officials say he was nominated because of his support of key NMU initiatives, including the Educational Access Network, Invent@NMU, and career and technical education.

Some groups oppose Snyder’s presence at graduation, saying he’s politically controversial and the focus of the ceremony should be on the students.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has called for an assessment on water bills to help pay for fixing pipes and other infrastructure. 

A plan rolled out Thursday would add a dollar every year to most water bills for five years. That would add up to an additional $5 a year after five years. It would generate an expected $110 million annually to upgrade water pipes and sewage systems.

Some systems are 100 years old, says the governor’s communications director, Ari Adler.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder will allow oil to continue to flow through a controversial pipeline beneath the Straits of Mackinac. 

Last month a state panel created by the governor recommended temporarily shutting down Enbridge’s Line 5. That's until problems with the pipeline’s external coating could be addressed.

Monday Governor Snyder rejected that idea.  He says tests show the oil pipeline is not at “imminent” risk of failing. He says shutting the pipeline down likely would create a propane “supply crisis.”

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder kicked off his week of daily announcements Monday with a focus on broadband internet access. During the State of the State, Snyder said he would make a new announcement about infrastructure and the environment every day this week.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder has touted Michigan's economic and fiscal gains under his watch, saying his tenure has had "huge ups and downs" but Michigan is better shape today than before he took 


In his eighth and final State of the State address Tuesday night, the Republican governor recapped many past initiatives but said he has an ambitious agenda for his last year in office with a focus on infrastructure and the environment.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is preparing to deliver his eighth and final State of the State address to a joint session of the Legislature. 

The annual speech Tuesday night is a chance for the Republican to focus on Michigan's economic rebound and other successes. He's keeping details under wraps.

Snyder cannot run again because of term limits and is at odds with lawmakers who want to cut individual income taxes.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Bills designed to get a handle on municipalities' underfunded employee retirement benefits are going to Gov. Rick Snyder's desk for his expected signature. 

The Legislature overwhelmingly approved the legislation Tuesday, after removing contentious provisions last week.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   The state Legislature met into the night to adopt some changes in how local 

government pensions are managed, but the deal was not everything Governor Rick Snyder was hoping for.

Snyder is a CPA/investor turned politician, and he’s had his eye for a while on making sure local retirement plans are better funded. These bills were not as far as he wanted to go, but the governor badly wanted something done before the Legislature leaves for its winter break.  

“…because this is an issue that doesn’t get better with time,” he said.