Thursday, March 28, 2013
The legislation, which was championed by lawmakers along Lake St. Clair received bipartisan support in the House and Senate.
Gov. Rick Snyder signed legislation Wednesday allowing for $21 million from the state for 58 emergency harbor dredging projects amid record low water levels in the Great Lakes and Lake St. Clair. "As the Great Lakes State, we need to ensure the availability of our beautiful waterways to boaters to support tourism, local communities, the state economy and safe boating," Snyder said in a prepared statement. "I thank the Legislature for approving these funds in time for the boating season." Locally, legislators who represent communities along Lake St. Clair pushed for the emergency dredging legislation, including Sen Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, who called for low-interest loans for marinas. Brandenburg was joined by Republican …
Tuesday, January 22, 2013
The president unveiled a sweeping number of proposals designed to curb gun violence.
Thursday, January 17, 2013
State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, gave his assessment of the State of the State Address by Gov. Rick Snyder.
State Sen. Jack Brandenburg, R-Harrison Township, gave Patch his assessment of the State of the State Address delivered by Gov. Rick Snyder Wednesday at the State Capitol.
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.
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Macomb Township's Republican legislators supported the bill that 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 arenas, 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. How dare these lame duck legislators put the safety of …
Gov. Rick Snyder recently told media 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. Macomb Rep. Ken Goike still supports the bill.
UPDATE: Gov. Rick Snyder vetoes Senate Bill 59. Macomb Township Rep. Ken Goike (R-District 33) maintained his support of Senate Bill 59, which would broaden Michigan's concealed-carry laws, even as Gov. Rick Snyder seemed to pull back from the legislation this week. "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. During an appearance on NBC's 'Meet the Press" Sunday, Randi Weingarten, president of …
Wednesday, December 12, 2012
Macomb Township's Republican state representatives voted against right-to-work legislation Tuesday, but both bills ultimately passed the House and were signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
Of all the right-to-work rhetoric exchanged in recent days, both sides seem to agree that the issue is, and probably always will be, "divisive." It was because of this divisiveness that Macomb Township State Rep. Anthony Forlini (R-District 24) said he chose to vote against right-to-work legislation supported by the vast majority of his party. Looking for more coverage? Check out our Right-to-Work page or sign up for the Macomb Patch e-newsletter. “It’s a divisive issue,” he said, in an earlier interview with Patch. “I’m not saying right-to-work doesn’t have merit, but I feel it would have been better as a ballot initiative. It shouldn’t be a Republican or Democratic issue just because one party or the other is in leadership." Macomb …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
Union representatives from Chippewa Valley and L'Anse Creuse schools joined protesters at the Capitol to speak out against right-to-work legislation Tuesday. Patch will be in Lansing, as well, posting live updates and video.
UPDATE: Shortly before 2 p.m. Tuesday, the House passed a right-to-work bill for public employees by a vote of 58-51 and one for private sector workers by 58-52. Both right-to-work bills have already passed the Senate. The bills now await Gov. Rick Snyder's signature. Patch will provide live updates from Lansing today as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that he would put right-to-work on his agenda. To view this live feed from your mobile device, click here. Following Snyder's announcement, Republicans in the Legislature put bills forward in both houses, prompting protests in Lansing by union groups, including the UAW. Protests at the Capitol continue today as the …
Chippewa Valley and L'Anse Creuse's union presidents plan to join protestors at the state Capitol Tuesday to voice opposition to proposed right-to-work legislation.
Gov. Rick Snyder has said right to work is about "giving workers the freedom to choose,” but union presidents for Chippewa Valley and L’Anse Creuse schools view it more as a politically motivated attack on organized labor. Like other union supporters quoted in recent days, Chippewa Valley Education Association President Maryanne Levine draws a parallel between Lansing’s actions and those advocated by one of history’s most infamous figures. “We must close union offices, confiscate their money and put their leaders in prison. We must reduce workers’ salaries and take away their right to strike," Levine quoted. "Those were the words of Adolf Hitler, May 2, 1933." “These are strong words, but that is exactly what they are doing and the path …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Macomb Township's state representatives were among six Republicans to vote against right-to-work legislation passed in the state House Thursday.
Macomb Township's representatives in the state House broke ranks with their Republican brethren Thursday, voting against right-to-work legislation now on the fast track to Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk. Within hours of Snyder’s Dec. 6 call for a "workplace fairness and equity" bill, also called right to work, legislators began voting on House Bill 4054, Senate Bill 116 and House Bill 4003. Looking for more news on this and other issues affecting Macomb Township? Get the Patch email newsletter. The bills now move to the chamber opposite from where they originated and could be passed as soon as Tuesday, at which point Snyder said he would sign the chosen version into law, making Michigan the 24th right-to-work state. The approved bill is slated to…