The Michigan Capitol is shown at twilight Thursday, Sept. 24, 2009, in Lansing, Mich. Lawmakers continue work on budget bills that deal with a $2.8 billion shortfall before an Oct. 1 deadline. (AP Photo/Al Goldis)
A few dozen people have staged a peaceful protest inside the Michigan Capitol before the building closed for the evening.
The protesters said Tuesday they oppose legislation giving state-appointed emergency financial managers more power over financially distressed local governments and schools. They also oppose education funding cuts and pension taxes proposed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Protesters were gathered in a public area of the Capitol and left without incident shortly after 6 p.m., about half an hour after the building was scheduled to close. That was after Capitol managers asked them to leave with police nearby. Some protesters remained outside the building.
The protest was led by Democrat Lance Enderle, who ran for Congress against Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Rogers last year and says he'll run again in 2012.