Protesters Gather At State Capitol

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Protests are continuing at Michigan's state Capitol over a variety of proposals that could affect union bargaining power and the state budget plan offered by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.
Union members are among those gathering on the Capitol lawn Wednesday. The afternoon rally is expected to be bigger than one Tuesday that drew more than 1,000 people, mostly concerned about a plan to tax pensions.
Democratic leaders in the Michigan Legislature say they will announce the introduction of a proposed constitutional amendment aimed at protecting collective bargaining rights. Republicans hold the majority in the Legislature.
Snyder on Wednesday said the rallies are part of the democratic process. Snyder said he hopes protesters will look at the "big picture" of his plans to improve Michigan's business climate and state budget situation.

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  • by Sue Location: Jackson on Mar 17, 2011 at 09:44 AM
    To Anonymous entered at 12:38a; I agree with your analysis.
  • by Anonymous on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:21 AM
    There are many jobs that would come to Mich.However Mich is a union state.SO jobs avoid us.unions didn't stop alot of jopbs from leaving this state.They didn't save thousands of jobs.Yes unions get good pay & all that,however it breaks many companies so they close or leave?This is one of those things.Unions have went to far in many cases.Greed like everyone else.
  • by Spring Location: East Lansing on Mar 17, 2011 at 05:07 AM
    With that kind of grammer Dave, I'm shocked that someone is willing to pay you $8 an hour! Go get your GED at least.....
  • by Barry Location: Jackson on Mar 16, 2011 at 11:59 PM
    I joined a union because I wanted to have a better chance of sucess against the very powerful corp. interests.I also have interests to protect,like my family.If you people are so jealous that you have to trash talk about unions,I feel sorry for you.Maybe instead of fits of jealousy,I would encourage you to join.Thankyou for all unions bringing up the working standards and benefits in America!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 09:38 PM
    Notice how poor the coverage was? The lead-in: interviews with a home-builder and then the Chamber of Commerce, a known anti-union entity who brought in as their speaker- Glenn Beck , the $33 million dollar a year fact impaired bigot. The huge protest with thousands got less time than these two people. It's so obvious this station, which is Republican owned and controlled, is biased. When an 86% tax cut is given to corporations and vital services are cut, the governor and his cronies are not using good fiscal sense. The "trickle down" theory has been proven NOT to work. Unfortunately, the Republican play book is to pit middle class people against each other while the wealthy sit back and collect their money. Unions are not the problem, but Fox News would like to make people think so. Their boss, Rupert Murdock pays them to do so as he continues to financially support the Republican Governors with millions in campaign contributions. Wake up! Your neighbors aren't your enemy!
  • by Andre Location: Mid Michigan on Mar 16, 2011 at 07:01 PM
    Unions and Democrats have controled Michigan a long time, look how well that worked. Notice when the Unions start loosing members, they pull out the tough guy image. You are welcome to be in a Union, but you pay your dues yourself, not payroll deduction and we should never be forced to join any Union for a job. Leadership in the Unions are as corrupt or worse then company CEO's! One is no better then the other.
  • by John Location: Lansing on Mar 16, 2011 at 04:23 PM
    What is wrong with unions? They provide a higher standard of living to their members, proivde a level playing field, and make the economy grow. I am not sure why there is so much jealous union bashing. Why not pay a good wage, cheap is not always good, and you typically get what you pay for.
  • by Dave Location: Homer on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:40 PM
    If was not for the UNIONS! YOU would not have nice thangs like, payed Vacation's (witch we do not get)!!,payed sick time, (witch we do not get) Hollidays payed. witch we don't get!!! what we do get is the right to bargen for a good pay check! and retirement!!! our Insurance is not FREE!! I pay $8.00 hour for mine!!! and that is only medical.... No Dental,eye, and a $85 doller med, cost me $25 to fill..the Governor Snyder thanks we should give that all up !! pay more taxes !!! I don't know about you But I can't live on $8.00 doller an hour Job!!!!!.
  • by Rebecca Location: Jackson on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:10 PM
    We voted him in to do precisely what he is trying to seems that people are only willing to support belt tightening and sacrifice if it's someone ELSE who is doing the sacrificing! Wake UP Michigan!
  • by Anonymous on Mar 16, 2011 at 03:07 PM
    WILX should be ashamed of their coverage of the protest at the Capitol today. You better wake up people before there are no more good paying jobs or people left in this state.
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