Local Groups Protest Governor's Budget Cuts 3-14-2011 - WNEM TV 5

Local Groups Protest Governor's Budget Cuts 3-14-2011

A coalition of individuals and groups gathered in cities across Michigan to protest cuts in Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget.
Monday's coordinated rallies were in Mount Clemens, Monroe, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Saginaw. Participants included state workers, small business owners and retirees.
In Saginaw, the demonstration at Borchard Park, across from Saginaw County Governmental Center, drew about 25 people, fewer than organizers had hoped.
The governor’s plan in his new budget would throw out some union contracts if a city or county government or school district came under state control.
And many of those at the rally say they just don't want the governor trying to balance the state's budget on their backs.
TV5’s Brian Wood was at the Saginaw rally and spoke with participant Denny Brenner, who says what the governor is trying to do with his new budget would affect workers all across the state.
A press release issued by the liberal group Progress Michigan says Snyder's proposal is "an attack on Michigan families and their future."
Corrections officer Adam Douglas is concerned about cuts to prisons. Douglas said at the Mount Clemens gathering that he doesn't understand why politicians are portraying public workers as "pariahs."

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Snyder said his budget represents "shared sacrifice" and puts Michigan on the path to a better future because it solves the state's budget ills.
His $45.9 billion proposal includes spending cuts for schools and would eliminate many personal tax breaks while slashing business taxes.
The state is facing an estimated $1.4 billion shortfall.
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