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News from Progress Michigan

December 17, 2014

Contact: Sam Inglot, 616.916.0574,

Progress Michigan Statement on Jeb Bush’s Announcement he will ‘Actively Explore’ Running for President

LANSING — Progress Michigan released the following statement in response to Jeb Bush’s announcement that he will “actively explore” running for President of the United States.

“Before Governor Bush seeks the highest office in the land, perhaps he should study the issues that actually matter to working families in this country,” said Lonnie Scott, executive director of Progress Michigan. “Just a few short months ago, Governor Bush stumbled when Progress Michigan questioned him on the Paycheck Fairness Act, a piece of legislation proposed in 2009 which would ensure men and women receive equal pay for equal work.”

A Progress Michigan staffer asked Bush where he stood on the issue during a campaign event for Terri Lynn Land’s failed U.S. Senate campaign but the Governor appeared to know nothing about it. When it was explained, he refused to voice his support and played semantic games, arguing that the “same work” and “equal work” were two different things.

“Republican Governors like Jeb Bush and Rick Snyder eyeing the presidency is a scary proposition and if the way they governed their states is any indication of how they will govern nationally, Michiganders should be very concerned,” Scott continued. “The last Bush we had in the Oval Office crippled our economy and plunged us into the worst recession since the Great Depression. Michiganders, as well as the rest of America, don’t need more of the same corporate-driven policies that got us into that mess in the first place.”


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