Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

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LANSING, MI (AP)--   Term-limited Michigan Governor Rick Snyder is making jobs training his final priority through a proposal titled the "Marshall Plan for Talent." 

The strategy aims to fund $100 million in high school programs that sustain collaboration between the education and business sectors namely for jobs in professional trade, information technology and other high-demand fields.

MARQUETTE, MI--   While in the U.P. over the weekend, Governor Rick Snyder met with officials to discuss talent and business development.

On Friday Snyder and Talent and Economic Development Director Roger Curtis met with business leaders and others in Marquette to talk about creating talent consortiums needed to apply for Marshall Plan funds. The plan is a partnership between employers and educators to prepare students and residents for high-paying jobs in key industries.

MARQUETTE, MI--   Michigan Governor Rick Snyder was met by protesters when he gave Northern Michigan University’s commencement address Saturday.

A Native American group played a drum as environmentalists and activist groups held signs objecting to his policies.

Kayla Shannon is from Flint.

“I’m here because this is a beautiful way to show that we all stand together in this fight and that it’s not just the city making noise,” she said.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder rolled out a plan Monday to improve school safety following the Parkland-Florida shootings; however, the plan is silent on issues related to guns. 

It calls for boosting security at hundreds of schools, and expanding an anti-bullying tip line. A task force would also come up with more ways to improve school safety between now and the end of the year, when Governor Snyder steps down.

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.