Michigan Governor Rick Snyder

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder is not endorsing a candidate for governor.

Attorney General Bill Schuette won his party’s nomination after Tuesday’s primary. Schuette went up against Snyder’s own Lieutenant Governor, Brian Calley.

Snyder and Schuette have had a fraught relationship. Schuette is currently prosecuting several people in Snyder’s administration over the Flint Water Crisis, and Snyder backed Calley during the primary.

But now, Snyder says he’s just going to focus on being a governor.

LANSING, MI-- The following was released from Governor Rick Snyder's office:

Gov. Rick Snyder today announced President Donald Trump has declared a major disaster area for three counties in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula due to severe storms on June 16-17 that resulted in severe flood damage. The affected counties include: Houghton, Gogebic and 

Menominee.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Governor Rick Snyder has established a state ombudsman and an interagency group to handle concerns regarding potential environmental justice issues. 

Snyder issued an executive order Wednesday creating the ombudsman position to serve as a statewide point of contact for the public to raise concerns over areas that are vulnerable to environmental hazards.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder will not lower the state’s standards for dumping ballast water in the Great Lakes. 

He vetoed a bill with the changes Friday because he’s concerned about invasive species.

Ballast water is collected by large ships in one body of water to help stabilize the ship. Then it’s dumped into other bodies of water, along with whatever plant and animal species collected with it.

LANSING, MI (AP)--   Gov. Rick Snyder has signed a $16.8 billion education budget that includes a sizable increase in base aid for lower-funded K-12 districts in Michigan.

The outgoing Republican governor approved his final education budget Thursday.

It adds $120 to $240 for each student compared to last year's budget. It's the largest increase in 17 years.

The budget also buoys career and technical training — a priority of Snyder's — by funding high schools up to $50 more per student in those programs.

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Governor Rick Snyder signed the state’s general fund spending plan for fiscal year 2019 Thursday, and it includes a provision that his administration won’t enforce.

The provision would cut funding to Planned Parenthood. It requires county health departments to favor family planning clinics that don’t offer abortions. Under state law, public money already cannot be directly used for abortions – so this is money that would go toward unrelated services.

Crain's Detroit Business

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.

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