Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

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.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Are you a Michigander or a Michiganian? 

A new state law favors using the term Michigander.

Governor Rick Snyder in recent days signed a 13-bill package related to modernizing laws related to historical markers. A portion of one bill defines residents of the state as Michiganders and removes references to the term Michiganians.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Northern Michigan University has invited Governor Rick Snyder to give May’s commencement address, and some aren’t happy about it. 

A student petition against the visit is circulating campus, and an opposition group comprising university employees and the public wants the invitation rescinded.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed bills to require that special problem-solving courts receive state certification to operate. 

The courts are designed to address criminals' underlying substance abuse or mental health issues so they do not reoffend.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder has signed a spending bill that includes more money to prosecute members of his administration for their roles in the Flint water crisis. 

The $600,000 will go to state Attorney General Bill Schuette’s office.

State Health and Human Services Department Director Nick Lyon and Chief Medical Executive Eden Wells are among those charged. They face manslaughter charges related to a fatal outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Municipalities in Michigan will be prohibited from levying local taxes on food and beverages under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder. 

The Republican governor OK'd the measure Thursday after it recently won overwhelming legislative approval.

No local governments in Michigan are considering an excise tax on sugary and artificially sweetened beverages. But business groups and others that lobbied for the law pointed to soda taxes in Philadelphia and the Chicago area as reason enough to move quickly. Health advocates opposed the bill.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he’s concerned that President Trump’s decision to end subsidies that help low-income families pay for health insurance could make rates unaffordable.

Snyder says more study is needed to determine the state’s next move, but he hopes Congress will act quickly to settle things.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder says he stands by his testimony before a congressional committee regarding the Flint water crisis. 

The Republican and Democratic leaders on the US House Oversight Committee have asked the governor to provide more details on when he became aware of an outbreak of Legionnaire’s disease in Genesee County.

That’s because an aide to the governor testified in a criminal trial that he told the governor weeks earlier than when the governor said he knew.

DETROIT, MI (AP)--   Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is sticking by his congressional testimony about when he learned about a fatal outbreak of Legionnaires' disease during the Flint water crisis, despite a senior aide's new disclosure that he informed the governor weeks earlier.

Spokesman Ari Adler says Snyder was "under oath" and "stands by his testimony."

Nearly 100 Legionnaires' cases, including 12 deaths, were reported in the Flint area when the city was using the Flint River for water in 2014-15.

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