Snyder Defends Budget Proposal To Broadcasters 3-09-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Snyder Defends Budget Proposal To Broadcasters 3-09-2011

Gov. Rick Snyder says Michigan citizens need to think about what's best for everyone rather than just themselves if the state is to reinvent itself.
Speaking Wednesday morning to the Michigan Association of Broadcasters, the Republican governor defended his nearly $2 billion in business tax cuts and the income tax changes he wants to make to offset that, including a tax on pensions.
He says people naturally object to changes that will affect their bottom line. But he believes "we are at a 'we' moment, and we can do this."
Snyder has been criticized for proposing deep cuts to public education, universities and local governments at the same time he's slashing business taxes and asking for people to pay more in income taxes.
He says a new approach is needed.
The budget, which includes tax on pensions, has drawn a series of demonstrations in Lansing.
The latest was held Tuesday as more than 1,000 people protested proposed changes to the state's emergency financial manager law that are part of Snyder's budget plan.
Snyder said he respects protesters' rights.

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