Snyder’s final priorities: Waste management, water

Michigan

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — In what has become a tradition, Gov. Rick Snyder attended the state meeting of the Michigan Farm Bureau Tuesday in Grand Rapids.

He did it today for his eighth and final time as governor.

He’ll leave office at the end of the year due to term limits. He said he still has some things he’d like to get done before then, and the Farm Bureau is helping him on two of his priorities.

“Two critical pieces of legislation we would like to get done which are Renew Michigan and Rebuild Michigan. Renew is basically by increasing our tipping fee, our trash fee in our state. We can do much better work with our brownfield sites, also increase recycling and increase solid waste management,” Snyder explained. “With Rebuild Michigan, it would help with our water infrastructure.”

But in order to get what he wants, he may have to agree to legislators’ priorities, some of which may not align with his. When asked how much horse trading he was willing to do, he said he was taking a wait-and-see approach for now.

“As a practical matter, I don’t like to use the term horse trading, but again, we’ll be looking for votes,” he said. “If these things are all good for Michigan, I’m happy to support things that are good for our state, for all our citizens.”

The lame duck session of the Legislature got underway Tuesday and it’s too early to tell just how aggressive some term-limited lawmakers, including the speaker of the House and Senate majority leader, may get in their final days in office. It’s also too early to see how far Snyder will go with partisan legislation to get his final “to do” list cleared.

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