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Politics & Government

The week in review

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State Capitol Building, Lansing, MI

In this "week in review" political analyst Jack Lessenberry chats with Weekend Edition host Rina Miller about  some of the big regional news stories of the week.

They discuss the gun legislation that would ease restriction on where guns could be carried in the state.

Governor Rick Snyder vetoed the bill. But Lessenberry says the governor didn't veto the bill as a reaction to the Connecticut school shootings.

“The sponsor of the bill was told before Connecticut that the governor would veto it unless it allowed schools to opt out and the sponsor wasn’t willing to do that," Lessenberry says.

This week the governor approved legislation that would phase out the tax on industrial and business equipment. Lessenberry says Snyder thought the bill would help expand business in the state.

Miller and Lessenberry also talked about the slew of bills Snyder signed in Detroit. The bills would establish a Regional Transit Authority to fund and operate southeast Michigan’s fragmented transit systems;  create an authority to run Detroit’s troubled public lighting system; continue a downtown development district for a new hockey arena; and help Detroit’s Eastern Market get additional funds.