LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's job approval ratings have climbed steadily this year, but he's at odds with a cadre of conservative GOP lawmakers pushing to avoid setting up a health insurance exchange and curtail new teachers' access to traditional pensions.
Snyder went around GOP lawmakers this year to launch a new international bridge with the Canadians. He may have to do the same to get a federally required health exchange in place, although he hasn't decided to do so.
He told The Associated Press in a Friday interview that he thinks he's making progress persuading some Senate Republicans to let new teachers keep a hybrid pension system rather than pushing them into a 401(k)-style system that could drain the school aid fund of an extra $8 billion over 30 years.