Another Rally at the Capitol, Is Snyder Listening?

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

There was yet another rally outside the Capitol Wednesday, this time busloads of professionals, autoworkers, seniors, and teachers, protested what they call an all-out attack on working families by the Snyder Administration.

"He sold himself as being non partisan," Bob King, president of the UAW, said, "and he's taking extreme actions that are anti-democratic and anti-middle class.

This rally was by far the largest rally yet, three thousand or so people outside, who then filtered inside.

"This is what democracy looks like!" The crowd chanted inside the rotunda.

"Our governor is taking away our rights to vote our people in, he decides he'll be judge and jury," Marty Boatman said.

"It's a direct attack on working class people, not just unions, everyone," Schad Bartlett said.

The chants of "this is our house" could be heard on the House floor just as session began Wednesday afternoon. No doubt the Governor saw the crowds outside from his post across the street at the Romney Building, so News Ten asked, is he listening?

"It's part of the democratic process and I appreciate it," Gov. Snyder said. "We're asking for shared sacrifice from a lot of people."

The Governor said he welcomes the protesters as long as everyone is respectful and remains non-violent.

Snyder calls this 'the emotional reaction' to change, he hopes down the road people step back and look at the whole picture.

"I hope they take the time to do their homework and research and take time to look at the overall benefit here," he said. "The bottom line in the longer term, is we need to grow our economy."

The Governor said he's moving forward with his proposals, next up will be the tax package. Protesters said they're in it for the long haul too, to make sure their voices are heard.

"It's our right to do this," Bartlett said.

Tuesday night protesters tried to stay overnight inside the Capitol, but the state police would not allow it. It's rumored they will try again Wednesday night, but it's unlikely to happen because the Governor was asked about it, he said "there's a better way to prove your point."

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  • by RT Location: Lansing on Mar 18, 2011 at 08:33 AM
    I am totally LOVING this debate!!! Snyder is doing what he needs to do to get the state back on its own two fiscal feet and all the typical whiners are crying and boo-hooing about the "cuts". Sorry...we're broke and can't afford all this nonsense. Go get 'em Governor!!!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 18, 2011 at 05:12 AM
    Rick is treating this whole thing like it is a business he owns.Now that may not be the best for all the people in Mich.Since he is a business owner he will do what ever he can to help his business.Governors really have to much power.The people can't vote on many things.The poor have NO say.How can some one with so much money understand what it is like to be poor?Or even begin to grasp what programs are needed.Jobs are needed but it will be some time before we see them.Cuts come first instead of doing what's needed to get jobs here.7 sales tax would be the fair thing to do & get rid of high taxes on business.Jobs would provide taxes from those working.Many things will not have to be cut.I'd like to see facts on like who makes what in upper government & in how much each person get paid to run a school,the coach,the janitor,the teacher.We need to see what is causing what.People need informed.Then let us see what really needs cut,Or whom.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:23 PM
    It is nice to have aperson who understands how to run a business. Virg is running lansing into the ground and granholm left the state to teach classes on how to run an effective government.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 01:10 PM
    He is listening, but we voted him to fix our state with high employment, high tax and high welfare enrollment. We had 8 years where the dems kept pushing things to next year. It is nice we have someone with a plan.
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      by Anon-1 on Mar 17, 2011 at 06:12 PM in reply to
      It may be a plan; but, must it hurt the people who can least afford it. Doesn't Rick care what happens to those have beaten down by poverty?
  • by Jen Location: Williamston on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:44 AM
    Robert, your whole comment is nothing but an ignorant joke. I hate to inform you, but many foolish and shortsighted friends of mine who voted for Gov. SlickRick Snyder are now regretting it and a few of them were at the rally on Wednesday. This is not a "left wing liberal" (yeah, idiot, that word has an "e" in it) or Democrat issue; these are issues that EVERYONE needs to be concerned about. The man has now signed over to himself the right to appoint whatever rich and powerful business crony he feels like to manage parts of our government in an "emergency" as he gets to define it. That is insanity at its worst and most dangerous. When your head finally pops up out of the apparently 10-12 feet of sand you have it buried in, you will see that nothing is about a two-party system other than making sure we all do nothing but fight with each other and they get run our government and everything that benefits the American people into the fricking ground.
  • by Barry Location: Jackson on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:11 AM
    I sure wish Virg would have been elected.He has been a friend of labor for a long time.Oh,well all we can hope for now is to kick Snyder out of office!Recall Rick!!!
  • by Barry Location: Jackson on Mar 17, 2011 at 12:06 AM
    I'm afraid that our new gov. will only be listening to corporations.It is sad but this is how the great majority of republicans think.They could care a less about the common worker!You would think brain washed people would wake up.This is how that party has always operated.
  • by Robert Location: lansing on Mar 16, 2011 at 08:21 PM
    He is. To the people that voted in November. When are the left wing librals and democrats are going to learn that the state and country can not continue business as usual.
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