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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