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Right-Wing Front Launches Effort to Silence Free Speech, Strangle Middle-Class Fight

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                 CONTACT: Leigh Fifelski Tuesday, March 29, 2011                                                                                           (517) 999-3646   Right-Wing Front Launches Effort to Silence Free Speech, Strangle Middle-Class Fight Mackinac Center FOIA targeting academics could stifle dialogue on Michigan’s future   LANSING – Groups across Michigan today warned citizens about an effort by the Mackinac…

Citizens Group Shines Light on the Real ‘Monopoly’ in State Government

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Tuesday, March 15, 2011 Contact: Leigh Fifelski, 517-999-3646 LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today launched “Value for Michigan CEOs,” an online Monopoly-themed campaign to debunk “Value for Michigan,” a Facebook front for the Snyder Administration set up by partisan political operatives.  Progress Michigan’s “Value for Michigan CEOs” campaign includes a Facebook…

Citizens, Groups: GOP Budget Endangers Michigan Families, Future

*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *** Monday, March 14, 2011 Contact: Leigh Fifelski, (517) 999-3646 Coalition of citizens send message statewide, urge rejection of budget MARSHALL – Citizens and groups from a range of backgrounds today delivered a message across the state, including in Calhoun County, warning that Governor Rick Snyder’s proposed budget endangers Michigan’s families…

Group Launches Petition to Pressure Congress Action on Budget, Avoid Devastating Shutdown

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, March 10, 2011 Contact: Leigh Fifelski, 517-999-3646 LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today launched a petition designed to force Congress to pass a federal budget and avoid a devastating government shutdown, by docking legislators’ pay during a shutdown. “Politicians in Washington should live by the same rules as the rest…

Collective Bargaining, Voter Rights Under Attack by Emergency Manager Bills

Contact: David Holtz, Progress Michigan, 517-999-3646 2,000 Voters and Workers Rally at Captiol, Urge Lawmakers to Stop the Attacks (Lansing)—More than 2,000 workers and voters assembled at the Captiol Tuesday to protest the Emergency Manager bills under consideration in the state Senate, saying they attack two fundamental rights Michigan citizens hold dear – the right…

Financial Manager Plan Equals Power Grab, Attack on Taxpayers

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, March 2, 2011 Contact: Leigh Fifelski 517-999-3646 Politicians could decree class sizes, debt on taxpayers in dozens of communities LANSING – Citizens and local officials today called on the state Senate to reject a plan to send so-called emergency financial managers into local communities, saying the proposal gives sweeping unilateral powers…

SNYDER BUDGET RESPONSES FROM EXPERTS & ORGANIZATIONAL LEADERS

Below you will find comments from experts and organizational leaders in response to Governor Snyder’s proposed budget.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Leigh Fifelski at leigh@progressmichigan.org or via phone at 517.999.3646. David Holtz, Executive Director, Progress Michigan (517.999.3646):   “Gov. Rick Snyder’s proposed budget is heavy on cuts to families and children, and…

Citizens Groups: Elected Officials, Appointees Must Cut Salaries, Benefits

For Immediate Release           Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011 CONTACT: David Holtz (313) 300-4454, Christina Kuo (248) 508-0971, Linda Teeter (269) 352-3811 Citizens Groups: Elected Officials, Appointees Must Cut Salaries, Benefits As more budget cuts loom, Lansing must lead by example to reform government, share in sacrifice LANSING – As Governor Snyder prepares to release a proposed budget with…

Citizens Urge Snyder Not to Cut Public Services, Staff after New Study Shows Workers Underpaid

For Immediate Release                               Thursday, Feb. 3 2011 CONTACT: David Holtz PHONE: 313.300.4454                                    Independent study: public employees are undercompensated by 5.3 percent LANSING – Michigan citizens group, Progress Michigan,  today called on Gov. Rick Snyder to protect services for working families and refrain from cutting the public sector after a new independent study showed…