Thousands Rally Against Snyder Budget

By: Jamie Edmonds Email
By: Jamie Edmonds Email

They came by thousands Wednesday from all over the state, all with one purpose, to join the 'we are the people rally' at the capitol, a protest against a number of the governor's budget proposals.

"They're passing legislation in the state of Wisconsin that they're trying to do here," David Williams Jr., a union member from Flint, said. "We're not going to let that happen here."

After two weeks off, the legislature begins the process of debating and voting on a lot of those proposals. That's why the administrative director for Michigan AFSCME, the largest public sector union in the AFL-CIO, said this Wednesday was a perfect day to gather.

"This is a call to battle of everyone who is affected by that budget and everyone affected by the legislation that would take us back 75 years," Herb Sanders said.

As with other protests, numerous speakers rallied the troops outside, while hundreds packed the rotunda inside, to really make their voices heard.

The House was in session Wednesday. Representative Joan Bauer said the message was received, even on the house floor.

"Even though the doors are closed, we can certainly hear them in the house," Bauer said, "and it's a reminder that a lot of people are upset."

Bauer said she's never experienced this much activism in the state capital as there has been in the past few months.

Organizers said they won't be stopping any time soon.

"It definitely makes a difference," Sanders said. "This is a showing of solidarity like none before in the state of Michigan, and when we have solidarity, they will have to come to the table."

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  • by Anonymous on Apr 15, 2011 at 05:34 AM
    For years the republican have had no use for the poor.They want for the rich & only the rich.They want total control over all.If the truth be known they have funded all the stuff to help only the rich and we have no clue to where all the tax money goes collected per state or what all is paid out at the white hose.Government only tells what they want us to hear.Bush was a oil man,so was many of his friends & family.What happened with oil.Snyder is a business man out to help his business and others he wants to help.Be ware of what some one is into before electing.We elect wealthy people.So why would they care about the poor?Or even begin to understand their needs.All they see is money being spent on people ,not of their class.Money they can use in other ways,no matter who it hurts.What a mess this country has became over greed.Then we have unions another kind of money.Lets see who wins in this battle.Most big businesses don't want unions.It takes from their profits and unions control some who would not be good fights money.What a mess the USA is.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 01:23 PM
    Why is it that the rich get tax breaks and the regular Joe/Jane gets hit with every stinking tax on the face of the earth?
  • by vickie on Apr 14, 2011 at 11:54 AM
    Rick Snyder is protecting big business that's where he came from. That is why we the little people are paying now. We are making up the money that he's letting the big businesses get away with paying taxes. RAISE THE SALES TAX SO EVERYONE PAYS, CUT OUT WELFARE, THEIR IS THE BALANCED BUDGET RIGHT THERE. GRANHOLM WAS ALSO TOLD ABOUT THESE TWO IDEAS, THEY JUST WON;T DO IT.....AND WE ARE GOING TO JUST KEEPS PAYING MORE. VERY VERY SAD.....
  • by JumpNMichigan Location: Lansing on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:59 AM
    The SUPERRICH are sucking America dry. Wake up people! How many make $250,000 a year? When you make that much, you can afford to a tax increase. An increase of 3% - 5% would solve most of the budget problems. Leave the working class and the middle class alone!! They working hard to make ends meet. Hit up the SUPERRICH who live in large homes/mansions, drive more than two vehicles, have more than one home, take vacations abroad, ... etc. TAX THE SUPERRICH!!!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 08:37 AM
    When people have had enough action will be taken.There are some people it is best not to get into their business.I don't think unions are going to set by and do nothing.Governments have gone crazy.When it comes down to causing death to many,so the rich can get richer.Thats going to far.This country is getting as bad as some in other countries.Hurting their people.Prices going up is bad enough as many on fixed incomes as disability,social security,low waged jobs are all ready going with out proper food,& good medical care.The republicans want all that gone as well.God be with many as the slaughter is to begin.
  • by Anonymous on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:19 AM
    Snyder is NOT hearing what is being said.So what are people going to do.LOOSE JOBS,SUFFER AND THE LIST GOES ON.Does he care.NO.
  • by TWC Location: Jackson on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:56 PM
    I am happy to have my job. I pay for 50% of my families health insurance coverage and other benefits are minimal. I get 6 days of vacation per year and one week of vacation. What are these state employees complaining about? That they have over spent? Lived beyond their means. I always here that teachers and state emplyees are special. Well everyone is in their own field. I might not be able to do their job and they probably can't do mine either.
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      by Elis on Apr 14, 2011 at 06:08 AM in reply to TWC
      That's great that you like your job and you don't mind paying 50% of your healthcare, but imagine having your income cut, all while you're expected to pay more for your benefits. You made a choice to work where you work, and State employees made a choice to work where they work. State employees (with degrees) do NOT make as much as the private sector and it's not an issue of overspending, or living outside of one's means, it's about the legislators constantly balancing the budget on the backs of the State workers. It's gone too far and I think it's great that people are our there rallyiny and taking a stand for what's right.
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      by DW on Apr 14, 2011 at 09:58 AM in reply to TWC
      TWC instead of complaining about what you don't have I have one question for you is acceptable to have to pay that much for health care? Or is that you don't have it so no one should. You should be asking why don't I better health care and why do I have to pay so much, instead of saying that teacher and state employee's have it so much better than you pluse they have been giving up money to balance the budget for years, I guess you want to give back 20-30 percent of your salary like they have, since your soo happy to have a job.
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        by Blake on Apr 15, 2011 at 03:51 AM in reply to DW
        The U.S. is the 4th largest in expenditures by government worldwide to fund education and we are ranked 14th in the world for Math, Reading and Science. We are tied 18th for science alone! I do not believe that we need to fund education anymore than we already are! I believe the teachers and the administrations need to step up and EDUCATE our students!
  • by Anonymous on Apr 13, 2011 at 05:43 PM
    Look at all of the unemployed people who do not have a job protesting.
  • by anonymous Location: lansing on Apr 13, 2011 at 04:26 PM
    But is anyone really listening? Snyder seems to have turned a deaf ear to it. Things haven't gotten off to a very good start...
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