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|Michigan Democrats request in a series|
of press conferences for Gov. Rick Snyder
and state GOP leaders to restore public
school funding, to avoid cuts.
“We’re here for one simple reason, we’re hear to stand up for our schools now that the K-12 budget has been signed,” said Rep. Brandon Dillon (D-Grand Rapids) at a neighborhood school in downtown Grand Rapids. “These are cuts that are going to impact classroom sizes, quality of our text books, cause layoffs and in general they’re going to diminish the quality of our children’s education.”
“The reality is, these cuts were made only so the governor could finance an 82 percent tax cut for corporations,” said Dillon. “We understand that the governor wants to attract top-notch employers to Michigan but we fundamentally don’t believe that the only way to do that is to cut taxes and to leave our schools holding the bag, trying to figure out how they’re going to balance their budget.”
“You can do a lot of things, you can live with revenue sharing cuts that I don’t like. But don’t mess with the kids,” said Schmidt.
“We don’t believe we needed to make these cuts this year, we want to sit down with the governor, House and Senate Republicans over this legislative break and try to figure out how we can do what the thousands of people across the state have told us they want — to fully fund our schools,” Dillon said.
“Time and time again, Republican leaders have shown that they value corporations over our children,” said Rep. Mark Meadows (D-East Lansing). “I’m calling on the Governor and Republican leaders to work with us to restore vital funding to education so that we don’t jeopardize the future of our kids and our state.”