Photographer at Vote No on Proposal 5 Press Conference at Michigan Municipal League's Lansing Office

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Photographer at Vote No on Proposal 5 Press Conference at Michigan Municipal League's Lansing Office
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Image by Michigan Municipal League (MML)
Diverse groups – even those who usually don’t agree – are united in opposing Proposal 5. The Vote No on Propsal 5 coalition had a press conference at the Michigan Municipal League offices in Lansing, October 9, 2012. The event included a diverse group of officials, including Michigan Governor Rick Snyder, MML President and Michigan Municipal League President and Linden Mayor David Lossing. The other speakers were Rich Studley, President and CEO, Michigan Chamber of Commerce; Chuck Hadden, President and CEO, Michigan Manufacturers Association; Larry Merrill, Executive Director, Michigan Township Association; Tim McGuire, Executive Director, Michigan Association of Counties; Paul Long, President and CEO, Michigan Catholic Conference; and Sen. Gretchen Whitmer. Defend Michigan Democracy is a coalition of diverse groups from across Michigan united in opposition to the extreme Michigan Ballot Proposal 5, the so-called two-thirds ballot question. We include Michigan business and labor groups, Republicans and Democrats, health care providers and educators, Michigan universities and human service providers, mayors, police officers and firefighters, businesses and workers. Watch a video of Snyder and Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero talking together about their opposition to Proposal 5: www.youtube.com/watch?v=wktpu7F4918&feature=plcp. For more information on the Vote No on Proposal 5 initiative go here: defendmidemocracy.com/. We urge all Michigan voters to oppose this attempt to hijack our state constitution and to VOTE NO on Proposal 5. Here is a list of Proposal 5 opponents:

Gov. Rick Snyder
Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville
AARP Michigan
American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees
American Federation of Teachers
Area Agencies on Aging Association of Michigan
Business Leaders for Michigan
Cadillac Area Manufacturers Association
Corporation for a Skilled Workforce
Disability Advocates of Kent County
International Council of Shopping Centers
Gene Clem of the Southwest Michigan Patriots (West Michigan Tea Party)
Grand Rapids Area Chamber of Commerce
Health Care Association of Michigan
Jackson City Council
Lansing Regional Chamber of Commerce
League of Women Voters of Michigan
Linden City Council
Mt. Pleasant City Commission
Michigan Association of Counties
Michigan Association of Health Plans
Michigan Association of Intermediate School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Administrators
Michigan Association of School Boards
Michigan Bankers Association
Michigan Catholic Conference
Michigan Chamber of Commerce
Michigan Chapter, National Association of Social Workers
Michigan’s Children
Michigan Community College Association
Michigan Education Association
Michigan Farm Bureau
Michigan Head Start Association
Michigan Health & Hospital Association
Michigan Infrastructure & Transportation Association
Michigan Land Use Institute
Michigan League for Human Services
Michigan Manufacturers Association
Michigan Municipal League
Michigan Nonprofit Association
Michigan School Business Officials
Michigan Sheriffs’ Association
Michigan Townships Association
Middle Cities Education Association
Presidents Council, State Universities of Michigan
Saline City Council
Transportation Riders United
Traverse City Chamber of Commerce
United Auto Workers
If you are an organization interested in joining Defend Michigan Democracy, go here: defendmidemocracy.com/join-defend-michigan-democracy-2/

A second news conference took place in Grand Rapids on Wednesday Oct. 10 and speakers at that event were John Weiss, Executive Director, Grand Valley Metropolitan Council; George Heartwell, Mayor of Grand Rapids; Mark Murray, President, Meijer Inc.; Rick Baker, President and CEO, Grand Rapids Chamber of Commerce; and Steve Heacock, Senior Vice President of Community Relations, Spectrum Health.