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Michigan GOP Chairman, Bobby
Schostak, fearing the Gov. Rick Snyder
recall effort, begs Republicans in a email
to send donation to fight removing
Snyder from office.
GOP Chairman Bobby Schostak sent out an email asking for donations last week, saying Governor Snyder has had only months in office, should not be recalled and the unions are supporting this effort.
“The Michigan Education Association appears to have created a shadow organization called Michigan Citizens United, which is trying to force a recall election that is unnecessary just months after Governor Snyder was sworn into office,” Schostak wrote.
“The Republicans you helped elect in 2010 are hard at work ensuring Michigan becomes prosperous once again,” Schostak’s email said. “Their efforts are under attack by union bosses and shadow organizations. You can help protect against these malicious attacks by supporting the Michigan GOP.”
“We have been frustrated by the lack of official support from the MEA and many other unions. We have had very good support from individual union members and even a few staffers, such as Gail”, the spokesperson cited (Gail Schmidt is an employee of the MEA, who own her non-work time, serves as Treasurer of the PAC).
“We do understand that the unions are reluctant to endorse a recall attempt, but at least their members seem to be supporting the effort with their time and their own money. Yes, we have asked the MEA and many others. So far the results are a lot of good wishes, but not much in the way of overt support”, the Committee spokesperson stated.
Doug Pratt, public affairs director for the MEA, additionally clarified Ms. Schmidt status as is an MEA employee but, noted Schmidt’s work on the Snyder recall effort, is during her personal time.
“The MEA is not endorsing or participating in Michigan Citizens United,” Pratt clarified to the Macomb Daily. “We disagree with (Snyder’s) actions and opinions on lots of things.
“We’re not encouraging our members to recall him,” Pratt said. “He was elected governor. We’re working with him and lawmakers from both parties to make the right choices for kids.”
Snyder and Republicans who hold a super-majority in Michigan’s state House and Senate have been under fire for budget proposals that include at reduction up to $470.00 in per pupil cuts in funding for public education.
“What’s wrong with this picture? The Michigan school aid fund has a surplus of more than $600 million and the state just found an additional $430 million in revenue that it wasn’t expecting. Yet massive cuts have been looming for public education”, Dearing wrote.
“We understand that Gov. Rick Snyder inherited a $1.4 billion budget deficit and has had to make hard, unpopular choices in order to get the state’s financial house in order. But the amount that he originally proposed to slash funding for K-12 schools is too severe, and would cripple local districts at a time when education is more important than ever to the future well-being of the state”, Dearing stated.
“We call on the Legislature to restore most of the funding that public schools would lose. At the same time, we call on local districts to do their part in balancing their budgets by tackling the kind of necessary cost-cutting that’s overdue”.
“Snyder’s campaign has been based on diversifying Michigan’s economy and making it competitive globally, while reforming taxes, making state government more efficient and responsive and improving our schools”, Dearing cited.
Currently, Governor Snyder and state GOP leaders’ proposals are being worked out in legislative conference committees before being sent upon the legislative floors for a final vote and on to Snyder for his signature.