(WZZM) - Many in Michigan see our state in a similar situation as Wisconsin and were watching the recall vote of Governor Scott Walker quite closely yesterday. Walker won the election and will remain in office.
The West Michigan Policy Forum:
GRAND RAPIDS, Mich., June 6, 2012 - The West Michigan Policy Forum congratulates Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker his victory Tuesday over the union bosses opposed to his common-sense, taxpayer-friendly reforms. Walker's victory reflects the sentiments of Wisconsin citizens who support fiscal responsibility in government spending.
"Wisconsin voters were smart enough to see past union bully tactics," said Jared Rodriguez, president of the West Michigan Policy Forum. "Here in Michigan, union bosses are using similar tactics in an effort to dupe voters in November. We urge Michigan voters to not sign any petitions and vote 'No' on all ballot proposals in November. It's time to tell the union bosses special interest benefits don't belong in the Michigan Constitution. We will not be divided."
Fiscal responsibility throughout the state of Michigan will play a central role in the dialog at the West Michigan Policy Forum's conference September 12 and 13 in Grand Rapids. For more information on the WMPF, visit wmpolicyform.com.
The Michigan Education Association:
East Lansing, Mich., June 6, 2012 - The following statement can be attributed to MEA President Steven Cook in response to yesterday's gubernatorial recall election in Wisconsin:
"Tom Barrett's loss to Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker in yesterday's recall election, while disappointing, sends a strong signal to those who have worked to destroy collective bargaining rights and the voice of working people: we will not forget.
"Shortly after being elected in 2010, Walker pursued an agenda designed to destroy collective bargaining for public sector unions in an effort to silence their voice not only at the bargaining table, but ultimately in the political arena. In a congressional hearing earlier this year, Walker admitted that he did not disclose his agenda to dismantle public sector unions in his campaign for governor. Walker also conceded that the anti union legislation has not saved the state money. Clearly, the attacks on unions in Wisconsin, like those in our state were politically motivated.
"The attack on unions that we have seen here in Michigan, in Ohio and throughout the Midwest began early last year in Wisconsin. I am proud that MEA leaders, rank and file members and staff answered the call - from February 2011 to present - to work alongside working families and union members from all walks of organized labor to fight this attack.
"Although the Barrett campaign was outspent 8 to 1 as a result of wealthy, out-of-state individuals flooding Wisconsin with millions of dollars in unreported contributions, the people of Wisconsin stood up to this effort by those who would buy their election.
"The attacks on collective bargaining in Wisconsin and Ohio reawakened the labor movement in those states, just as the attacks on collective bargaining and the middle class here in Michigan have reawakened union members and non-members alike. Wisconsin fought back, Ohio fought back, and we in Michigan are fighting back.
"This fall, voters in Michigan will have the opportunity to restore collective bargaining rights and protect wages and benefits that have been eroded by our Legislature and Governor in favor of corporate special interests. The 'Protect Our Jobs' campaign will be working hard through summer and fall to educate voters about this historic ballot initiative to protect collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution."
The Michigan Republican Party:
Lansing, Mich., June 5, 2012 - Michigan Republican Party Chairman Bobby Schostak issued the following statement in response to major networks declaring the results of the Wisconsin recall election:
"The real winner tonight are all of Wisconsin's hard working tax payers. I want to congratulate the citizens of Wisconsin for choosing Gov. Scott Walker and putting the interests of hard working middle class families ahead of the radical agenda pursued by liberal interest groups and union bosses.
"The message from Wisconsin is clear: Hard working tax payers are fed-up with the status quo and hungry for the common-sense bold-changes offered by Republicans.
"This is a great day for all Americans who stood squarely with Wisconsin Republicans, Tea Party organizations, and all conservatives in defending our liberty and freedom, and an especially bad night for Barack Obama.
"I especially want to thank Michigan Republican Co-Chair Sharon Wise for leading a group of Michigan activists to Wisconsin and thank the countless volunteers in Michigan who stood with Gov. Scott Walker by participating in the phone-from-home program.
"Michigan is on the cusp of a dramatic turnaround and I look forward to turning our focus entirely toward defending Michigan's comeback against Democrats and special interests who hope to stall the progress made by Gov. Rick Snyder and the Republican-led House and Senate."