Snyder puts likely allies in his cabinet

Michigan’s next governor has been making some intriguing appointments that initially look favorable to biking and trails.

According to Crain’s Detroit Business, Bill Rustem will serve as the director of strategy.

Rustem will help implement the policies and initiatives needed to reinvent Michigan, Snyder’s spokesman said.

“Bill understands how to implement good policy and make government more responsive to the people it serves,” Snyder said in a statement. “Bill will help my administration implement the vision to reinvent state government so it brings value to people’s lives.”

Rustem served as Milliken’s chief staff adviser on environmental matters and as interim director of the Toxic Substances Control Commission. Milliken was widely regarded as a moderate Republican. Rustem was also instrumental in the 1976 campaign for Michigan’s bottle deposit law and helped create Michigan’s Natural Resources Trust Fund. He is an adjunct professor at Michigan State University.

And as we noted earlier, Rustem was also a board member of the Michigan chapter of the Rails to Trails Conservancy.

Could he help us connect Complete Streets, trails, urban renewal, and youth retention within the governor’s office?

Another Crain’s article reveal Dennis Muchmore’s appointment as chief of staff.

His background includes previously serving as executive director of the Michigan United Conservation Clubs, vice president at the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, and as a member of Oakland University‘s board of trustees. Muchmore currently is on the state’s Climate Action Council and is chair of the Michigan Natural Resources Trust Fund board.

Yes, another Trust Fund person and someone who understands DNRE issues — this is good.

We’ve spoken in the past with Muchmore and he’s expressed his interest in bringing Trust Fund dollars to urban trail projects.

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