Wednesday, February 6, 2013
Dr. David Walters will be part of a board that helps oversee the practice of Michigan's 8,200 osteopathic doctors.
Wednesday, February 6
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 16, 2013
Snyder will deliver his third State of the State address at 7 p.m. Wednesday.
Gov. Rick 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 livestream.com/snyderlive. It will also be broadcast on Fox, and WWJ 950 AM. Following the Governor's speech, State Sen. Gretchen Whitmer (D-East Lansing) will deliver the Democratic response.
Wednesday, January 2, 2013
Both Farmington area legislators supported bills that make theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling the products a felony.
Wednesday, January 2
Gov. Rick Snyder has signed legislation establishing the Organized Retail Crime Act to protect consumers by cracking down on the increasing prevalence of retail fraud. Both State Rep. Vicki Barnett and Sen. Vincent Gregory, who represent Farmington and Farmington Hills, voted in favor of House Bills 5843 and 5902, sponsored by state Dist. 51 State Rep. Joe Graves (R-Argentine Township), which would make it a felony punishable by up to five years' imprisonment if a person is found guilty of knowingly committing organized retail crime. This includes the theft of retail merchandise with the intent or purpose of reselling, distributing, or transferring the stolen retail merchandise to another retail merchant or to any other person personally, …
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 11, 2012
UAW members and other unions are expected to protest at the state Capitol in Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers proposed right-to-work legislation.
Patch will provide live updates from Lansing on Tuesday as the state Legislature considers right-to-work legislation. To view this live feed from your mobile device, click here. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder announced last week that he would put right-to-work on his agenda. Following Snyder's announcement, Republicans in the Legislature put bills forward in both houses, prompting protests in Lansing by union groups, including the UAW. More protests at the Capitol are expected Tuesday as the Legislature again takes up the proposed legislation. Check back Tuesday at 9 a.m. for the latest news and views from the Capitol, and let us know what you think by leaving a comment. Or, join the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #righttowork. Read …
Friday, December 7, 2012
Post your views on the proposed right-to-work legislation by adding it to the Local Voices section of Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch.
Do you have an opinion on the proposed right-to-work legislation? Then we would like you to let everyone know about it by sharing it on Farmington-Farmington Hills Patch. All you need to do is add your opinion—it could be as short as a sentence or as long as a term paper—to our Local Voices section. It’s quick and easy to do. Just click here to post your opinion. Whether you are for or against the right-to-work bills, we would love for you to share your voice with the Farmington-Farmington Hills community. Blogger Dick Jaeger has already made his contribution; you can read it here.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
Take our poll and tell us what you think about Snyder's announcement Thursday morning that he would sign right-to-work legislation if it is passed by the Michigan 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. Congressman Gary Peters (D-9th Congressional), who represents Farmington and Farmington Hills, said Snyder is "ushering in an era of divisiveness across Michigan by launching an attack against working families." “By trying to jam this through a lame duck session, Governor Snyder is trying to prevent voters from seeing how he is dividing Michigan instead of working to ensure the future of our state during …
Wednesday, October 17, 2012
At a town hall meeting in Saline, the Republican governor told the audience 'Yes on 1 and no on the rest', with regard to six ballot issues.
While Michigan has been "going downhill since the ‘60s," Gov. Rick Snyder said he's proud of his record thus far and hopes to change the state's decadeslong trend. He told a crowd of nearly 200 people at Saline's Liberty School on Monday night that he ran for governor “to fundamentally change how we are doing things" and has accomplished that by insisting the focus be on “relentless positive action." The governor said his two goals are “to create more and better jobs in Michigan” and “to create a bright future for our kids.” Michigan is now the “comeback state,” but Snyder warned, “it's not good enough.” Snyder blamed Washington for much of the problems that remain, but also was critical of prior decisions in state government. He called …
Wednesday, June 20, 2012
The governor addressed residents in Northville Township in a virtual town hall Tuesday night.
It was the first gubernatorial town hall of its kind in Michigan and Northville was a part of it Tuesday evening. Gov. Rick Snyder, live from Lansing, answered questions before audiences in Northville, Grand Rapids, Adrian and Traverse City in a virtual town hall using the online site Google+. State representatives in those areas asked a series of questions submitted by the audience. In Northville, Rep. Kurt Heise (R-Plymouth) asked the governor questions about the proposed new bridge to Canada and roads infrastructure on behalf of Northville residents. The governor could see the crowd of more than 40 people and they could see him on a big screen. Throughout the event – with some people nodding their heads in approval and others shaking …
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 …