Snyder: State may take action on low-water harbors

Gov. Rick Snyder said he's considering whether the state should take "urgent or emergency" action to help harbors hurt by low Great Lakes levels.
AP Wire
Jan 26, 2013


Snyder said many Michigan residents don't realize the severity of the problems caused by low water. Lake Michigan's level at the end of October 2012 was more than 2 feet below its long-term average.

The governor said he could propose something when he unveils his next state budget on Feb. 7. He said a long-term solution is needed to improve Michigan's Great Lakes harbors.

Snyder made his comments Friday in Grand Rapids at the annual meeting of the Michigan Press Association. About 30 people from various groups protested outside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel, where the association held its annual convention.

Shirley Kallio said she wanted to express her concern over a right-to-work law signed last month. She said she's not a union member, but believes "strong unions benefit all of us."

The law, passed in the last days of the 2011-12 Legislature and signed into law by Snyder last month, gives workers the option of not supporting a union. Snyder said he believes it will bring more jobs to the state.



Thank you, Governor Snyder, for addressing this all-important issue facing Michigan. Great Lakes water restoration must become one of the most important legislative imperatives for our state legislature.

Perhaps it will re-direct them away from their fixation on the hollowing out and chipping away of our rights - voter rights, women's rights, union rights, and now the latest - Electoral College tampering and voter suppression rights, which according to MI GOP House Speaker, Jase Bolger, and I quote, "Let me be clear, this proposal is designed specifically to dilute the influence of minority and urban votes and nullify their voice in the next Presidential election". Hardly a week goes by when Michigan is not featured in national news as a state being controlled by a far-right fringe agenda.

Maybe Governor Snyder's proposals will help return Michigan to it's former glory of being a state known for its' manufacturing and innovation prowess, as an educational powerhouse, and a leader in environmental and energy issues.


Hey just put a garden hose in there and fill it back up. Lol


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