Group Supports Snyder Budget with Commercial

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

Whether it's rally against a tax on pensions, or a protest on what some see as an attack on working families, the Capitol has been a very busy place recently.

It was much quieter in a hotel room across town Tuesday, but this much smaller group still has a message to deliver.

"We gathered together to send a message to Lansing, to let legislators know we would like to see Snyder's budget passed," Gus Portela, a student at Grand Valley State, said.

These college students are apart of a larger organization called Value for Michigan, a new start up political group that supports the governor's budget proposals, mainly eliminating the MBT which they said will finally create jobs for them and their classmates to stay in the state.

"Turns out 50 percent of students go out of state after graduation," Louis Allen, a student at Aquinas College said. "I would like to stay frankly."

"I would like to go to medical school, then start up a practice here and raise my family here," Blake Edmonds said.

They plan to present their message to the public starting next Monday on TV with a brand new ad starting with cable channels in Lansing, then branching out state-wide.

"Our state needs more jobs, it's our one chance to stay in Michigan," the ad says.

The group knows they might be outnumbered by a more vocal majority, but they say it won't stop them.

"Certainly there are people who protest loudly, there is also a large portion of the population that is silent in their support but strongly believe in change for Michigan," John Yob of Value for Michigan said.

The Value for Michigan group may have started with about 15 Snyder supporters, but it has grown to about 6,000 people who've signed the petition. They began this campaign, they said, in response to several protests against Governor Snyder's budget proposals.

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  • by Anonymous on Mar 23, 2011 at 04:26 AM
    To get jobs into Mich many more things will have to change besides cutting business taxes.The schools aren't so good here any more.Gas tax prices,not good.County taxes state,wow that's a lot.Then do businesses want unions or not?We have a very bad rep on how gov deals with businesses.Town to town do's & don'ts.So many reasons businesses have left MICH.why would any come here as we are now.GOV knows it & just talks big about JOBS.It has gotten them elected,& thats what matters.
  • by Jeff Location: Haslett on Mar 22, 2011 at 06:19 PM
    So, a group of 15 Snyder supporters has gathered in a handful of college students to voice their message. The spokesperson for the group is a political lobbyist, and their funds are politically oriented. Why don't we save media coverage for true grass roots groups as opposed to set ups like this? What a joke and also sad commentary that they even gathered media coverage.
  • by MichiganVoter Location: Lansing on Mar 22, 2011 at 05:31 PM
    Hmmm. "Value for Michigan". The site with the ad with the "college kids?" yea...put up by John Yob, CEO of Strategic National, a republican political consulting firm in Lansing. Yob worked on John McCain's 2008 campaign Sharon Angle's run. I wonder who hired him?
  • by Cheri Location: Lansing on Mar 22, 2011 at 04:03 PM
    I have lived here all of my life. As a grandmother,of two teenagers, headed for college,it makes me very sad that I am considering leaving this state! Why? My husband and I are retired and we are not rich. But this Governor is trying to erase the state's deficit on the backs of seniors, the working poor and yes, our students! We can't take this any more! Our governor says that by lowering the taxes on business they will create jobs! Did anyone just read the MSU statement about this, it won't happen! Wake up Michigan,there are many other ways to help this State!
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