Tea Party Supporters Rally at the Capitol

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

A very patriotic crowd gathered at the Capitol Thursday, most of them Tea Party supporters, many of them angry at the direction of the country.

"I'm a conservative and I believe in less government and no new taxes, and stop the spending," Joanne Cook from Livonia said.

"We do need less government," Laura Middleton of Davison said. "We should be able to make our own choices, depend on ourselves. I believe government is stepping in too much."

The rally was organized by the Michigan chapter of Americans for Prosperity. It's no coincidence it was scheduled a few days before the tax deadline.

"We work with Tea Party closely, but we mainly focus on economic issues," Scott Hagerstrom, state director of Americans for Prosperity, said. "We focus on free markets and limited government."

The message of the day? We plan to hold elected officials accountable.

The Secretary of State and the new Attorney General both spoke about what they've done in office so far, and their future plans.

"We have a great team in place in the Governor, Lt. Gov., Speaker of the House and the Senate Majority leader," Bill Schuette said. "They are great leaders."

The group Thursday was much smaller then the one Wednesday that gathered by the thousands to protest Governor Snyder's budget proposals, but the Tea Party supporters said they have just as many opinions, and they're not going to give Snyder a free pass either.

"We don't support the governor in raising income tax revenues," Hagerstrom said. "We're competing with states that do not tax work or income."

Tax increases and that bridge project idea aside, many said they're all for the Governor's elimination of the MBT and of the idea of shared sacrifice.

"We're all hurting, we have to hurt together," Gene Curnow of Sturgis, Mi said. "I'm a senior citizen, and I know I have to give things up, so should the unions, so should everyone if we are going to get this thing solved."

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