For the first time in his nearly two and a half years on the job, Governor Rick Snyder suddenly is routinely on the defensive, rebuked so far by the Legislature on key priorities, rocked by multiple controversies involving his administration and forced to address a wave of reports from across the state of startling cutbacks in K-12 schools.
The setbacks of the past month stand in stark contrast to the almost charmed first half of his term in which he chalked up wins on most of his major legislative priorities and, up until the wild 2012 lame-duck session, enjoyed decent ratings in the polls.
The House Business Office is investigating allegations that Rep. Brian Banks improperly pocketed mileage reimbursement money.
A recent federal grant application form the Education Achievement Authority contained some errors, but nothing that generated substantial concerns for the Snyder administration, a spokesperson said Friday.
Rep. Brian Banks and Sen. Bert Johnson both discussed with Rep. Stacy Erwin Oakes changes to her bill allowing persons with a misdemeanor and a felony or two misdemeanors to have the offenses expunged.
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