LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder announced the reappointment of Diane D’Agostini, of Bloomfield Hills, to the Michigan Judges Retirement System Board.
Housed within the Michigan Department of Technology, Management and Budget’s Office of Retirement Services, the five-member board oversees the Judges Retirement System Defined Benefit plan.
“Diane is an exceptional leader and has done great work on this board,” said Snyder. “I look forward to her continued service.”
D’Agostini was elected to the 48th District Court in 2000, with jurisdiction over the townships of Bloomfield and West Bloomfield and the cities of Birmingham, Bloomfield Hills, Keego Harbor, Orchard Lake Village and Sylvan Lake. Re-elected in 2006, she continues to serve as chief district judge by appointment of the Michigan Supreme Court. She previously worked as assistant prosecutor for Oakland County. D’Agostini holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Wayne State University and a degree from the Michigan State University – Detroit College of Law. She will continue to represent judges who are members of the retirement system.
D’Agostini will serve a four-year term that expires March 31, 2017, and her appointment is subject to the advice and consent of the Senate.
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan first lady Sue Snyder, originally scheduled to participate in Saturday’s 22nd annual Komen Detroit Race for the Cure as an honorary co-chair, will instead be attending the funeral of a close family friend. A 10-year breast cancer survivor and with this weekend marking the 29th anniversary of her mother’s death from the disease, the first lady has been a longtime supporter of the fight against breast cancer. Mrs. Snyder offered the following statement in recognition of the Komen Race organizers, sponsors and participants:
“While I regret not being able to participate in this year’s Komen Detroit Race for the Cure, it is reassuring to know that hundreds of dedicated Michiganders will turn out in full force to help make a meaningful difference in our fight against breast cancer.
“We all know the statistics. We know that breast cancer is the second-leading cause of cancer deaths among Michigan women. And, we know that breast cancer will claim the lives of nearly 40,000 women across the U.S. this year alone. But we also know there’s plenty of reason for hope. A decline in breast cancer incidence in our state and nation since the 1990s, coupled with a greater awareness that is encouraging more women to seek early, lifesaving medical examinations, shows that our work is paying off.
“Let’s keep working together in the hope that one day, we can spare others from this ordeal. I’m proud to be an honorary co-chair of the Komen Detroit Race for the Cure and applaud everyone who worked so hard to make this year’s race a success. This spirit of coming together, selflessness and determination is one of the many reasons we’re all proud to call Michigan home.”
LANSING, Mich. – Legislation authorizing the Secretary of State to add a veterans designation on Michigan driver’s licenses and state IDs was signed by Gov. Rick Snyder.
“We’re proud of our military veterans and of everything they have sacrificed,” Snyder said. “This new law is one more way of honoring their service and making everyone aware of the many Michiganders who have defended our country in uniform.”
House Bill 4037, sponsored by state Rep. Nancy Jenkins, adds a veterans designation to Michigan driver’s licenses for veterans who request it and show proof of military service with an honorable discharge. A companion bill, Senate Bill 219 sponsored by state Sen. Darwin Booher, adds the designation to state issued ID cards when requested and proof of military service with honorable discharge is presented. The designation will be available on driver’s licenses and personal state IDs beginning May 2014.
“The veterans designation is great way for Michigan to honor those who have served and makes it easier for veterans to access discounts and offers from retailers, restaurants and hotels who offer special opportunities to veterans,” said Maj. Gen. Gregory Vadnais, director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “It’s another great step that improves the quality of life for Michigan’s veterans.”
While allowing veterans to qualify for discounts, the veteran’s designation on a driver’s license or ID is not legal proof of prior military service and will not replace the DD214 when a veteran applies for federal or state benefit programs requiring proof of military service and honorable discharge.
“This is a small way to say thank you to veterans who have done so much for us, for this country,” said Secretary of State Ruth Johnson. “They’ll have easy-to-carry, clear-cut proof of their service to help them more easily access the benefits they have earned and deserve. It’s my hope that every store clerk and every bank teller who sees the special designation takes a moment to thank that veteran.”
Michigan, home to some 680,000 veterans, is the 28th state to put a veterans designation on state-issued IDs and driver’s licenses.
HB 4037 and SB 219 are now Public Acts 27 and 28 of 2013. For more information on legislation, visit michiganlegislature.org.
WHAT: Opening of the new national headquarters of United Shore Financial Services (USFS) and its family of companies in Troy, Mich., and the kickoff of a statewide talent recruitment initiative to fill 600 positions in 2013.
The event includes remarks by Governor Rick Snyder and USFS leadership, follow-up actions as a result of the Governor’s Economic Summit in Detroit, ribbon-cutting ceremony and building tours.
WHEN: Wednesday, May 15, 2013
4 p.m. Welcoming of Guests
4:20-4:30 p.m. Governor’s tour of USFS headquarters
4:30 p.m. Remarks by Governor Snyder and USFS Leadership, including:
USFS Founder and Chair Jeff Ishbia
USFS CEO Kip Kirkpatrick
USFS President Mat Ishbia
4:50 p.m. Ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by photos and building tours
*Note to Media: Representatives of the media are welcome to tour the building with the Governor and USFS leadership from 4:20 to 4:30 p.m. They also will be available for interviews immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
WHERE: USFS Headquarters
1414 E. Maple Road
About USFS: Founded 27 years ago, USFS is one of the largest independent mortgage bankers in the United States. It operates three brands: United Wholesale Mortgage, Shore Mortgage and Capital Mortgage Funding.
United Wholesale Mortgage is the fourth largest wholesale mortgage lender in the country, while Shore Mortgage is a nationally known, direct-to-consumer mortgage lender. Capital Mortgage Funding is a leading mortgage lender in southeastern Michigan. Together, the company employs more than 1,200 team members, projecting over $16 billion in originations and 600 additional employees in 2013.
Earlier this year, USFS brought its 1,200+ team members together under one roof at their new corporate headquarters at 1414 E. Maple Road in Troy. The move consolidates USFS’ team members from four locations in Birmingham and Troy into a single location on two floors with over 100,000 square feet of new space.
The new building features many amenities to retain and attract talent, including an expanded cafeteria, state-of-the-art workout fitness center, dry cleaning pick-up services, Starbucks, valet parking, 24-hour self-serve convenience store, and modern designs normally associated with a high-tech Silicon Valley company.
Tuesday, May 14 at 8:20 a.m.
Gov. Rick Snyder will offer remarks at the Michigan Hispanic Chamber of Commerce breakfast.
Detroit Athletic Club
241 Madison Ave.
Detroit, MI 48226
Tuesday, May 14 at 10:45 a.m.
Gov. Snyder will visit Sam T. Hart Training and Education Center for Michigan Construction Career Day. NOTE: Media should check in at the information area located near the south entrance.
Operating Engineers 324 Sam T. Hart Training and Education Center
275 East Highland Rd.
Howell, MI 48843
Tuesday, May 14 at 2 p.m.
Gov. Snyder will offer remarks at the Asian Pacific American Heritage Month Celebration.
100 Capitol Ave.
Lansing, MI 48933
Tuesday, May 14 at 3:05 p.m.
Gov. Snyder will sign legislation which provides for designation of veteran status on driver’s licenses and state identification cards. For those unable to attend, the press conference will be streamed live at www.michigan.gov/SnyderLive.
Governor’s Capitol Office- 2nd floor, east wing
LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder signed into law this week a pair of public safety bills that will maintain Michigan’s current drunk driving standards and sentencing guidelines.
“These are important bills that will help maintain the health and safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians in our state,” Snyder said. “They send a clear message that Michigan is serious about stopping drinking and driving and supporting the ongoing efforts of law enforcement and the courts to protect public safety.”
HB 4093, sponsored by state Rep. Andrea LaFontaine, maintains the existing drunk driving standard of 0.08 percent blood alcohol content (BAC) until Oct. 1, 2018. That BAC standard was scheduled to go up to 0.10 percent in October. It also would maintain a 0.04 BAC standard for drivers of commercial vehicles and a “zero tolerance” standard of 0.02 BAC for those under the age of 21.
HB 4131, sponsored by state Rep. Klint Kesto, maintains the existing sentencing guidelines in place for those convicted of exceeding the state’s BAC limits.
“This legislation helps save lives – research has proven strict drunk driving laws help reduce alcohol-related fatal crashes by nearly 90 percent,” said Col. Kriste Kibbey Etue, director of the Michigan State Police. “Keeping the legal BAC level at .08 forces people to think twice before getting behind the wheel after having too much to drink and keeps Michigan consistent with drunk driving enforcement in all 50 states.”
In addition to protecting the public safety, the governor also said the new laws keep Michigan in compliance with federal drunk driving standards and eligible for federal transportation funding.
HB 4093 and HB 4131 are now Public Acts 23 and 24 of 2013.
Friday, May 10 at 10 a.m. EDT
Lt. Gov. Brian Calley will speak at an event to unveil Eastern Michigan University’s new Telehealth program. The program utilizes live video streaming that allows health care professionals to expand treatment to autistic patients who are disadvantaged or in rural locations throughout Michigan.
1055 Cornell Rd.
Friday, May 10 at 10:35 a.m. CDT
Gov. Rick Snyder will speak at a groundbreaking ceremony for Enstrom Helicopter Corp., a leading designer and manufacturer of helicopters. The company recently announced the $8 million expansion project, which will double the size of the existing facility and is expected to create at least 150 jobs over the next two to three years.
2209 22nd St.
Friday, May 10 at Noon CDT
Snyder will give remarks at the Historic Downtown Revitalization Celebration in downtown Menominee. The gathering of citizens, job providers, and community and business leaders with developer, The Woda Group, LLC, will celebrate the beginning of a construction project at the historic Lloyd/FNT building. The mixed-use redevelopment project will eventually provide 44 apartments as well as commercial and community space. It is expected to create 66 jobs.
Intersection of 1st St. and 9th Ave.
LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder announced the appointments of Deborah Smith-Olson, of Baldwin, and William Nichols, of Temperance, to the Michigan Community Corrections Board.
“I thank Deborah and William for their willingness to serve our state in these important roles,” said Snyder.
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LANSING, Mich. – Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement about the need for respect and civility in public discussions:
“The primary focus of public officials should be on serving their customers, the people of the state of Michigan, and working together to get that job done. The public benefits from a vigorous discussion of each issue as long as that discussion is conducted in a constructive, respectful manner.
“Public officials won’t agree on every issue, but there should be universal agreement that everyone should be treated with respect and with civility. There have been several instances in Michigan recently where the rules of respect and civility have been ignored. The old saying applies here: We can disagree without being disagreeable.
“Personal attacks and remarks that aren’t constructive or respectful of others only divert attention from the ultimate goal, which is serving the 10 million people of the state of Michigan. Michigan can show the rest of the country how to restore respect and civility to the political process. All it takes is a commitment from each and every public official in the state to be a true leader and follow the rules of respect and civility at all times.
“I’m calling on every public official in the state to say, ‘We can do better,’ and to make a personal commitment to help establish Michigan as a national leader in restoring respect and civility to the political process.”
LANSING, Mich. ‒ Gov. Rick Snyder issued the following statement after Detroit Public Schools Emergency Manager Roy Roberts announced his decision to retire on May 16 when his contract expires:
“Detroiters and Michiganders alike can be thankful for Roy’s leadership over the past two years as we continue to improve the city’s educational system and help ensure students are getting the education they need and deserve. His problem solving skills, expertise and strong management and leadership abilities have tremendously benefitted the students, teachers, administrators, and families of the Detroit Public Schools as well as the neighborhoods, city and region.
“He has been successful in restoring fiscal responsibility, including reducing spending, saving money and balancing budgets. The plan that Roy and his team have implemented is working and it is making a difference in students’ lives. Today, more resources are being directed in the classroom so teachers can focus on teaching. Schools are safer, more parents are involved, attendance is up, test scores are improving across the board, and more seniors are graduating.
“These are all tangible results from the work of Roy and his team. I appreciate his service and dedication.”
The governor committed to finding the best qualified successor as soon as possible to help ensure continuity and a smooth transition.
FACT SHEET: Learn about the accomplishments of Detroit Public Schools under Roy Roberts