Local Lawmakers Look to Protect Mid-Michigan Constituents

By: Alex Goldsmith Email
By: Alex Goldsmith Email

It's the calm before the storm at the Capitol ahead of Governor Snyder's budget announcement Thursday. But after that announcement, the ball is in the Legislature's hands.

State Rep Mark Meadows (D - East Lansing) is in the minority but he hopes Mid-Michigan doesn't get lost in the process.

"I represent Republicans and Democrats from the 69th district," said Meadows. "I'd like my voice heard, their voice heard on some of these issues but it's difficult when you're in the minority."

Some in the minority are clinging to the hope that certain ideas are universal.

"Everyone... I hope has the same commitment I do to education and the role it plays in turning our state around so that we'll have the workers who will attract the jobs," said Joan Bauer (D - Lansing).

Her wish may not be granted as both K-12 and secondary schools are taking major cuts in Snyder's budget proposal.

Even with painful cuts coming in the upcoming budget, Rep. Mike Shirkey (R - Jackson) doesn't want his constituents to overreact.

"Bad news doesn't get better with age," said Shirkey. "Lets get the bad news, the difficult news, the medicine out on the table now so that we have a chance of surviving the future."

He has hopes for an across-the-board type of response to the Governor's budget.

"If after tomrorow's budget announcement everyone I talk to is unhappy, I think we've probably done a good job." said Shirkey.

Governor Snyder officially presents his budget at 11 AM on Thursday.


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