Bernero's Running Mate Makes Stop In Saginaw 9-08-2010 - WNEM TV 5

Bernero's Running Mate Makes Stop In Saginaw 9-08-2010

Lieutenant governor candidate Brenda Lawrence visited Saginaw on Wednesday.
During her stop, the Southfield mayor announced a pledge to cut state business with Wall Street banks that do not do business with the people of Michigan.
"We’re hitting Wall Street where it counts -- their pocketbooks,” said Lawrence. “If Wall Street won’t invest in us, we won’t invest with them. Michigan is poised for economic recovery, and these banks are not working with Michigan to stop foreclosures and protect home values, and they are preventing our small businesses from growing and creating jobs. There is no good reason that we should do business with Wall Street banks that do not do business with us. Our administration won’t.”
The announcement took place at the foreclosed home of Saginaw resident Anna Nachbar.
Nachbar, a local mental health worker, is facing foreclosure on her home after Bank of America refused to give her the assistance she needed and refused to participate in the state’s Helping Hardest Hit Homeowners Fund.
“I made payments on time for so many years,“ said Nachbar. “I’ve spent my life playing by the rules and trying to help others in the mental health system, but now I've had one bad stretch and can’t even help myself. I'm not looking for a hand out, I just want some basic understanding after years of responsible living and hard work."
Gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero, mayor of Lansing, nominated Lawrence as his candidate for lieutenant governor during the Democratic Convention in Detroit last month.
“Fighting for Main Street” has been a theme of the Bernero - Lawrence campaign for governor. Lawrence said that prohibiting contracts for Wall Street banks that are treating Michiganders unfairly is emblematic of the way Bernero and Lawrence will stand up to Wall Street on behalf of Main Street.
Lawrence was elected the first black and first woman mayor of Southfield in 2001.
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