Friday, December 28, 2012
A political expert said Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013.
Could the sudden passage of the highly controversial right-to-work legislation lead to Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder's name appearing on a statewide ballot for something other than his re-election campaign? One political expert thinks it's possible. Joshua Spivak, a senior fellow at Wagner College’s Hugh L. Carey Institute for Government Reform, told Politico that Michigan could be “ground zero for a recall vote” against Snyder in 2013. “There doesn’t seem to be a specific goal of going after state legislatures or state governors in any significant way, though that might change in Michigan because of right-to-work (legislation),” Spivak said in the Politico story. Local recall elections, such as the one voters recently approved against Troy …
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
The bill would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones such as schools and sports arenas.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder has vetoed a bill that would have allowed concealed weapons into public schools and sports arena, according to a report on Michigan Public Radio. The Michigan Legislature passed Senate Bill 59 late last week that would have allowed concealed weapons in gun-free zones, but in the wake of the school shooting in Newtown, CT, many had called for Snyder to veto the legislation. David Hecker, Michigan President of American Federation of Teachers (AFT) said in a Friday statement, "We’re aghast that this lame duck legislature thinks it’s a good idea to put MORE guns in our schools, let alone places of worship or sports arenas." "The House passed SB 59 on Thursday," he added. "How dare these lame duck legislators put the …
Michigan's governor tells reporters the Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre gives him 'clear pause' on legislation that could allow gun owners with concealed weapons permits to carry inside schools.
Gov. Rick Snyder said Monday that he's not necessarily ready to sign off on Senate Bill 59 which would broaden Michigan's concealed-carry laws. "I wouldn't say I'm prepared to sign it by any means," the Republican governor told MLive.com. The bill, approved by the State Senate in late November and the State House just hours before Friday's shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary school in Newtown, CT, allows gun owners with concealed weapon permits and additional training to carry firearms in schools, daycare centers and sporting events. Several local school districts, including Birmingham Public Schools, oppose the measure even before the tragedy that claimed 27 lives, including 20 children, and in the aftermath, other opponents entered the …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by contributing to the Local Voices section of Birmingham Patch.
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Thursday, December 6, 2012
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday morning that he would sign right-to-work legislation if passed by the state Legislature.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced Thursday that he would pursue right-to-work legislation for public and private employees in the state, according to the Detroit Free Press. The law would include an exemption for firefighters and police officers, but it would apply to 17.5 percent of Michigan's workforce, according to the Detroit News.
Wednesday, March 28, 2012
Michigan Senate joins the House in voting to lift the safety requirement for riders older than 21.
Michigan will become the 31st state to give motorcyclists the option of wearing a helmet since Gov. Rick Snyder signed the legislation, his office announced today. Motorcyclists who are 21 or older can ride without a helmet if they have at least an additional $20,000 in medical insurance and passed a motorcycle safety course or had their motorcycle endorsement for at least two years. Opponents of state mandates feel use should be a personal choice. They say helmets can limit peripheral vision, muffle traffic awareness sounds and create additional injury risk because of their weight. Arguments in favor of crash helmets cite safety studies, lower public medical costs, eye protection if face shields are used and reduced fatigue by improving …
Friday, February 17, 2012
Gov. Rick Snyder spoke at the Townsend Hotel Friday morning and said if Michigan wants to succeed in coming years, they must be focus on 'relentless positive action.'
Gov. Rick Snyder had a lot of optimism Friday morning when he spoke at the Townsend Hotel — optimism about jobs, the state of the Michigan economy and optimism that common sense will prevail when it comes to his second year as governor. "The most important thing (for Michigan) is for people to be nice to one another, be positive and look toward the future," Snyder said. Snyder spoke at the Birmingham Bloomfield Chamber's annual Government Forecast Breakfast, part of the chamber's forecast series that includes topics such as healthcare and the economy. Snyder has been top of mind recently as several candidates for the Republican presidential nominee arrive in Metro Detroit — Mitt Romney spoke to the Greater Farmington Area and Livonia …
Wednesday, February 15, 2012
County Executive L. Brooks Patterson said he expects the Ingham Circuit Court ruling to be overturned by the state Supreme Court.
The fight over Oakland County redistricting continued Wednesday, as an Ingham Circuit Court judge ruled that a state law which would have allowed Republicans to redraw district lines and reduce the number of county commissioners is unconstitutional. Judge William Collette ruled the law unconstitutional because it would impose an unfunded mandate for taxpayers who would have to bear the cost of redoing the redistricting, The Detroit Free Press reported Wednesday. It also wouldn't provide enough time for review of a new map before candidates had to file by May 15 to run for office. The bill, which was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder in December amid controversy, would reduce the number of Oakland County commissioners from 25 to 21. It also allows…
Monday, February 13, 2012
Here's what you need to know about Birmingham this week.
City Commission to meet Monday: The Birmingham City Commission will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday at City Hall. On the agenda are two proposed plans for reconfiguring East Maple Road, one of which involves installing a bicycle lane. City Commission to meet for workshop session Thursday: The Birmingham City Commission will meet again Thursday — the date and time are still to be disclosed — for a workshop session, during which commissioners will discuss the city's general fund balance policy. Midwinter "Taste of HOPE" Tuesday: The Women's Division for Project HOPE will host a benefit at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Zazios. During the event, attendees can watch Zazios chefs demostrate how to prepare several appetizers and then go home with the recipes. …
Wednesday, January 18, 2012
In his 2012 State of the State speech, Snyder also proposes rapid bus lines for Metro Detroit commuters.
Gov. Rick Snyder spoke Wednesday night of upgrading Michigan roads, starting a Metro Detroit regional transit authority and helping cities and townships combine services. Those are among the second-year policy priorities for "the reinvention of Michigan" he pushed during a one-hour State of the State address to legislators and a statewide broadcast audience. "We cannot afford to slow down," he declared. Focusing on roads, Snyder urged the Legislature to start work on a 13-bill road package introduced last year and hold hearings about how to keep Michigan's aging roads from getting progressively worse. "The state cannot afford to neglect the health of our infrastructure," he said. "We are underfunding our road system by upward of $1.4 …