Michigan groups protest Governor Snyder's proposed budget
LANSING, Michigan: A coalition of state workers, small business owners and retirees gathered in a number of cities across Lower Michigan to protest Republican Gov. Rick Snyder's proposed budget. Protesters rallied throughout cities including Mount Clemens, Monroe, Lansing, Grand Rapids, Ann Arbor, Kalamazoo and Saginaw.
Snyder has said repeatedly that his budget plan represents "shared sacrifice" and puts Michigan on the path to a better future because it helps to solve the fiscal woes of the state, which is facing an estimated $1.4 billion shortfall. His $45.9 billion proposal includes spending cuts for schools and would eliminate many personal tax breaks while slashing business taxes. Among the proposals: ending exemptions from the state income tax for most pension income. "Those are tough calls," he said. "But I'm making those decisions on the basis of what's good for all of us in the long run so we can all win together."