Michigan needs leaders who will fight for these values, and build a Michigan that works for everyone, not just wealthy special interests.
Jobs & Economy
Democratic leaders are working to build a Michigan where families, young people and seniors can stay and succeed.
Gov. Snyder and Republicans in Lansing and Washington have asked middle-class families to pay for their expensive handouts to corporations and the wealthy. It’s not the Michigan Way, and it’s not working.
A recent report from his own Administration shows that Michigan’s economy won’t catch up to the national recovery for at least another decade. In Rick Snyder’s Michigan, the fastest growing industry is fast food jobs. His $1.8 billion tax break for wealthy special interests didn’t create jobs.
We need to rebuild our government to become as hardworking and honest as the Michigan families who pay for it. Democrats are fighting to strengthen our economy further and create jobs for Michigan workers by ending tax loopholes for corporations who ship jobs oversees, providing tax cuts to small businesses, investing in a clean-energy economy, and putting Michiganders to work rebuilding our infrastructure.
Democrats are working to reinvest in education, so our kids can compete in the 21st century economy. We believe that an excellent, quality public education, preschool through post-secondary, with equal access for all, in a safe and healthy environment, is fundamental to maintaining a healthy democracy. The backbone of our democracy is a free, universal public school system, designed to produce informed, reasoning, and thoughtful citizens who are lifelong learners prepared to participate in our civic society.
When you talk to parents and kids around the state, they all say the same thing: their schools are struggling since Rick Snyder cut over $1 billion from our community public schools, and 15 percent from our colleges and universities.
Cutting education is no way to build a strong economy.
Michigan ranks 45th in the country for equal pay for women, with Michigan women earning just 74 percent compared to men. That’s unacceptable.
Republicans support an agenda that ignores paycheck fairness, would cut access to mammograms, ban common forms of contraception, and make health care more expensive for women.
Equal pay and equal access to women’s health care will strengthen families right now and for the future.
Equality For All
In his first year in office, Republican Gov. Snyder signed a bill denying benefits to domestic partners of LGBT Michiganders, just because of who they are.
Republicans have wasted millions in taxpayer dollars on a hateful, bigoted campaign seeking to deny adoption rights to gay and lesbian families, just because of who they love.
Loving, committed same-sex couples have been denied equal protection for too long in Michigan. Our state needs to elect leaders who are proud to stand for full equality for every Michigander.
We deeply appreciate the service veterans have given to their country, the sacrifices they have made, and the hardships they have endured. We believe that we must take care of our veterans, especially our injured veterans, not abandon them or ignore them. Veterans have our pledge to provide health care to them and to help them rejoin civilian life in Michigan. Here are some of the ways we can thank them:
- Provide educational funding by a 21st century GI Bill for all veterans who seek a higher education.
- Provide good-paying jobs for veterans.
- Fully fund retraining of veterans with disabilities.
Democrats will invest in and protect Michigan’s three greatest assets: our people, our land and our Great Lakes. We must strive to be responsible stewards of the environment, our communities, and our planet. All people, including future generations, have the right to clean air, water, and a healthy natural environment.
Instead of standing up for one of our state’s strongest economic engines, Gov. Snyder has given Michiganders false promises and failed to protect our great natural resources.
Snyder’s administration even lobbied to bend the state’s environmental standards to protect a corporate campaign donor who operated one of the worst-polluting factories in the state.