Hundreds Protest Outside Gov. Rick Snyder’s Economic Summit in Detroit

About 200 supporters from We Are Michigan, a coalition of faith, labor and community based groups protested outside Cobo Center in Detroit today where the Michigan Economic Summit took place. Meanwhile, inside Michigan Governor Snyder addressed an audience who paid $150 each to hear him speak during the summit. We Are Michigan demonstrated in opposition to the recent appointment of Detroit’s Emergency Financial Manager and Michigan’s new Right to Work law, due to take effect March 28, 2013.

In a press release, the group which called for real economic leadership, which would include:

  • Canceling tax giveaways for corporate special interests
  • Restoring education funding so that Michigan students are better prepared for work and life
  • Repealing the pension tax and restoring the Earned Income Tax Credit
  • Restoring and respecting the collective bargaining rights which built Michigan’s middle class

“This administration has given billions of dollars in tax breaks to corporate special interests, resulting in no measureable job creation,” said Gerald Lang, an autoworker from Lake Orion.  “Those tax giveaways came at the expense of seniors, students and working people. Snyder’s priorities just aren’t right.”

The group also plans to participate in upcoming mass demonstrations on March 20, 2013 to be held across America and organized by the American Federation of Government Employees against across-the-board budget cuts, also known as sequestration. Rallies will be held in Bay City, Saginaw, Benton Harbor and Grand Rapids.