Michiganders protest Gov. Rick Snyder budget on 2/22, Gov. Walker reveals Snyder’s union busting intent (video)

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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
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on February 22nd.

Protests against Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder (R) Fiscal State Budget Proposal started at Michigan Capital Building on February 22nd. 


An estimated 1000 protesters packed both inside and outside Michigan executive offices, in the state House of Representative gallery and the rotunda to state their disagreement with Governor Snyder cuts to services and job killing tax hikes to middle and lower class Michiganders.



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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
Rick Snyder proposed budget cuts
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Cindy, a retiree from the former GM Truck Plant in Pontiac, Michigan-UAW 594 came out to support the reasoning behind the protest and express her disappointment in Governor Snyder taxing all pensions, 401K and IRA accounts in his 2011 budget. She believes that Snyder’s proposal would hurt Michigan small businesses by impacting retirees to spend income on services, thus hurting job opportunities in our state.

“I am living on a pension and I support the people that came out to support this business,” Cindy stated. “It is false that one can grow businesses without customers and taking away our pension with increased taxes, take away the customers from these small businesses in Michigan.”

Cindy also expressed her disappointment in Governor Snyder ending Michigan’s Homestead Property Tax Credit, increasing taxes on the middle and lower classes.

“It’s (the Snyder Budget) is a tax increase,” Cindy cited. The same with the Homestead Property Tax Credit, it is a tax increase. You cannot grow something by starving it and killing it. That is what they are doing to the businesses in Michigan.

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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
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Gene from East Lansing came out to the protest with a sign stating “Granny, get your walker and get a job! Recall now”. He was upset that state Government of either party, would balance Michigan’s budget issues off of fixed and lower income individuals.

“I am upset that we once again that we have a government, which there has been Democratic and Republicans in the past that; is once again balancing the back of our state Government on the backs of the poor and Seniors,” Gene stated.

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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
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Edward from Royal Oak, Michigan works in international sales in the film industry. A native Michigander, he moved out of the state for up to 23 years and, recently came back four years ago with opportunities from the Michigan Film Incentive program. 


With Governor Snyder’s $25 Million of proposed cuts of tax incentives to the film industry, Edward stated that employment opportunities in the industry for Michigan will be lost to other states.

“I am not a Democrat or a Republican, I consider myself a citizen of the United States, a resident of Michigan and a Michigander,” Edward cited. “It is about people and about jobs…the Michigan Film Incentive program, up to a week ago was creating investment in Michigan, have created up to 3000 jobs in Michigan and another 3000 jobs were going to be created by Raleigh Studios which is now in doubt if they are going to stay.”

A number of protestors came out to the event with signage asking for Governor Snyder to be recalled as Michigan’s Governor. According to state law, a recall process can began of the Governor’s Office six months after swearing into office. 

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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
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For those who seek to recall Snyder, the process can start in July 2011. At a minimum, 790,538 of Michigan’s certified registered voters would have to sign the petition to place a vote on the General Election ballot. 

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A Facebook Group “Recall Rick Snyder for Michigan” claims according to their fan page, to be growing by 20 percent each day. Currently, the group has 487 members. Organizers of the group are expecting to gather support over the next four months to place recall petition of Michigan’s current Governor on the ballot.

“We need to find people to staff positions such as Public Relations, organization, fundraising (if legal) outstate leaders and so on,” stated on the Group’s status page February 23rd.

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Lansing Capitol Building, Lansing, 
Michigan

Additional protests have continued and are planned throughout the week at the state’s Lansing Capitol Building, including on this Saturday, February 26th. 


Up to 2000 police and firefighters came to the Capitol to protest Governor Snyder’s proposal to support Public Act 312, which allows binding arbitration in police and fire contract negotiations, on February 23rd. 

“They say they don’t have money, but they don’t cut anything at city hall,” said Mike Schmidt stated to the Detroit Free Press. “Every time there’s a shortfall, why do you try to balance it on the backs of public safety?”

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Michiganders came to protest Gov.
Rick Snyder proposed budget cuts
on February 22nd.

A hearing on whether to repeal the Public Act for all city, township and municipality union employees was scheduled at noon, on February 23rd before the state House committee.




Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker reveals plans to ‘crush’ the Wisconsin State Unions to fake ‘David Koch’ from Koch Industries on phone call to Buffalo Beast Reporter. States Michigan Gov. Snyder (R) can do the same, if he had Koch Industries support

Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker (R) revealed his plans to ‘crush Wisconsin’s unions’ in a phone call to a fake David Koch impersonator and current editor Buffalo News editor Ian Murphy, on February 22nd.

Walker, believing himself to be on the phone with his patron engaged in long conversation about busting Wisconsin’s unions.

Buffalo Beast Publisher Paul Fallon told The Huffington Post that the audio is “absolutely legit.” That the call took place as described by the Beast has been confirmed by Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie.

Governor Walker also revealed that he believed Governor Rick Snyder (R) could take similar tactics in Michigan, if he had more support from the Koch Industries foundation.

Both complete videos of the phone conversations are linked below. Walker’s statement regarding Gov. Snyder is in the second video.

Buffalo Beast Video on Walker’s intent to destroy public unions with ‘fake’ David Koch-
Part 1
Buffalo Beast Video on Walker’s intent to destroy public unions with ‘fake’ David Koch
Part 2 (Includes statement from Walker on Michigan’s Governor Rick Snyder-R)
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