SW Michigan

Aggregated news from sources around the state

(MPRN-Lansing) Schools may be changing their Native American mascots in the near future. That’s thanks to an amendment to the Tribal-State Gaming Compact between the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi (NHBP) and the State of Michigan. 

Lansing — Former state Rep. Al Pscholka, a Stevensville Republican forced out of office by term limits at the end of 2016, won’t be without a job for long. Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder on Tuesday announced he has tapped the former House Appropriations chairman to serve as his new state budget director, replacing outgoing head John Roberts, who is leaving in mid-February for a private-sector position with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan. (The Detroit News)

Ford Motor Co. announced some major news the week leading into the North American International Auto Show Tuesday morning, Jan. 3 at its Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Ford CEO Mark Fields said at a news conference that it will invest $4.5 billion in new electric vehicles, and $700 million to "transform and expand" the Flat Rock Assembly Plant. Fields also announced the production of 13 all-new electric vehicles to be made in the next five years, with details on seven of them. (Mlive)

President-elect Donald Trump on Tuesday threatened General Motors Co. with a “big border tax” on Chevy Cruze cars built in Mexico and imported for sale in the United States. The Republican businessman has proposed a 35 percent import tariff on Mexican-made vehicles and often targeted Ford Motor Co. during his hard-fought campaign against Democrat Hillary Clinton. He turned his focus on General Motors in a Tuesday morning tweet. (The Detroit News)

(MPRN) -- Governor Rick Snyder says he’s sent messages congratulating President-elect Donald Trump. The two Republicans share the experience of having run businesses without prior experience in elected office.

Snyder says Trump hasn't replied yet. But, if he does, Snyder says he has some tips for the new president:

“One of the first ones is, get in there and actually have a chance to understand the great, hard-working people in the public sector. In my case, the state workforce, state employees.”