Tuesday, May 21, 2013
On May 23, Gov. Rick Snyder’s Office of Constituent Services will visit Brighton as part of his mobile office initiative.
Correction: Gov. Rick Snyder will not be in attendance on Thursday, however, representatives from his office will be on location to help address questions, according to a press release. Information provided in press release May 23 and 24, representatives of the office will visit locations in Washtenaw, Livingston, Ingham, Shiawassee, Clinton and Ionia counties. Specific locations, times and other detailed information below, or call 517-335-7858 or visit www.michigan.gov/snyder. “This is an excellent opportunity for citizens to ask questions and engage with representatives from my office,” said Snyder. “It is our goal to make government as accessible as possible, and I encourage anyone who is interested to visit our mobile office hours.” …
Thursday, February 7, 2013
Dr. David Walters, of Brighton, will be part of a board that helps oversee the practice of Michigan's 8,200 osteopathic doctors.
Thursday, February 7
Gov. Rick Snyder has appointed Botsford Hospital's vice president and chief clinical officer David Walters to the Michigan Board of Osteopathic Medicine and Surgery. The Brighton resident will be part of an 11-member board that assists the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs with overseeing the practice of more than 8,200 osteopathic doctors. "David brings years of valuable experience to the board," said Snyder. "He is committed to ensuring the health and well-being of Michiganders, and I appreciate his willingness to serve." Walters has worked at Botsford for more than 20 years, previously serving as chief medical officer, director of emergency medicine, faculty for emergency medicine residency and as a staff …
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
Michigan is one of four states with a full-time legislature.
State lawmakers are looking at legislation that would change Michigan's politicians from full-time to part time positions. Michigan is one of four states with a full-time legislature; the others are California, Pennsylvania and New York. The bill was introduced by Sen. John Proos (R-St. Joseph) and would limit session days to 90 per year, reported Channel 4 WDIV. Sen. Joe Hune (R-Hamburg Township) said he is in favor of a part-time legislature. "I think I'm one of the handful of few in Lansing that have consistently supported a part-time legislature," Hune said. "The majority of states have a part-time legislature—and many of them with a better economy and a better unemployment rate. All of the numbers that show a better economy than …
Wednesday, January 23, 2013
The new agency will oversee operations to connect veterans to services and benefits in Michigan.
Wednesday, January 23
Editor's note: This press release was submitted by Gov. Rick Snyder's Office. Gov. Rick Snyder issued an executive order on Jan. 18 that will help to better connect eligible veterans with their benefits. Executive Order 2013-2 creates the Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency within the state Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. The governor announced the move during his annual State of the State address. “Michigan’s veterans earned and deserve the best possible support – and we need to make sure that they can get it,” Snyder said. “With our state’s recent accreditation by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs and with a new agency solely dedicated to their needs, veterans will experience more efficient and effective delivery of …
Thursday, January 17, 2013
Gov. Rick Snyder said he plans to "reinvent" Michigan during an appearance at the Chamber luncheon.
Following his State of the State address, Gov. Rick Snyder reiterated the need to find a way to raise $1.2 billion in funding per year in order to fix the state's crumbling roads to more than 400 people that attended the Greater Brighton Area Chamber of Commerce luncheon on Thursday. Snyder said roads are a topic he is "really fired up about." He called for raising vehicle registration fees and changing the current 19 cents per gallon gas tax to a percentage tax based on the wholesale rate that would allow it to grow with inflation. While legislators are looking at alternative ways to fund road improvements, Snyder said he preferred to do it fairly. "There are other ways to do it, but my preference is to do it through user fees," he said…
Rogers says the state's system for handling road infrastructure is out-of-date.
Gov. Rick Snyder delivered his third State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature Wednesday night. In his speech, Snyder called for increased gas taxes and vehicle registration fees to repair Michigan's crumbling road infrastructure. State Rep. Bill Rogers (R-Brighton) made the following statement after the governor's address: "The governor's speech tonight highlighted the great progress we've made to get our state moving in the right direction, but reminded us that the work is far from over. There is still much more work to do to continue to revitalize our economy and get Michigan thriving for future generations. "I agree with the governor that there needs to be more of discussion on our roads. The previous …
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Gov. Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address to a joint session of the Michigan Legislature at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. According to the Detroit Free Press, one of the main topics of the speech will focus on matching job vacancies in Michigan with workers who possess the necessary skills to fill those jobs. Snyder notes that the state has thousands of vacant jobs, but a high unemployment level. The event will be broadcast live online at www.livestream.com/snyderlive. It will also be broadcast on Fox, and WWJ 950 AM.
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 …
Friday, December 14, 2012
On Friday, a gunman killed at least 27 at a school in Newtown, CT. Meanwhile in Michigan, Gov. Snyder has a bill on his desk that would allow some concealed guns in schools. What do you think?
Friday, December 14, 2012
The Michigan Legislature on Friday approved a bill allowing those with additional training to carry concealed weapons into venues such as schools, day care centers, churches and sports stadiums, according to WDIV-TV in Detroit. The debate over carrying guns in schools was compounded Friday with news that a gunman killed at least 27 people, including 18 students, at an elementary school in Newtown, CT, according to Newtown Patch. Under the bill, open carry would be illegal in such venues, and those who carry concealed weapons would need extra training and time at the gun range, WDIV-TV reported. The bill awaits Gov. Rick Snyder's signature after it cleared the Republican controlled House on Friday and the Senate on Thursday, WDIV-TV …
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 …