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Citizens Group Calls on Snyder, Top Officials To Share in Sacrifice

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            CONTACT: LEIGH FIFELSKIFriday, January 14, 2011                                                                                                    (517) 999-3646 Snyder, Cabinet, Senior Staff Should Save Taxpayer Dollars, Lead By Example LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today called on Governor Rick Snyder to lead by example and forgo taking any salary as governor and cutting salary and benefits for top staff before asking others…

Corrigan’s Anti-Family, Anti-Consumer Decisions Make her Poor Choice to Lead Dept. of Human Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             Contact: David Holtz, (517) 999-3646Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011  Decisions as a top judge put ideology before children, consumers  LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today criticized the selection of Maura Corrigan as director of the Department of Human Services, pointing out the former Supreme Court justice’s rulings and actions that put ideology…

New Report From Midwest Governors Says Cleaner Fuels Will Create More Jobs

Strategies Would Support Chevy Volt, Other Electric Vehicles   LANSING – A Midwest Governors Association task force has recommended cleaner fuels and increased use of cleaner vehicles like the electric Chevy Volt to create jobs in Michigan and other Midwest states.  The recommendations come in a report from a broad-based group that included government officials,…

Granholm Urged to Appeal Badly Flawed Holland Coal Plant Ruling

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                             CONTACT:  Anne Woiwode 517-484-2372Thursday, December 16, 2010                                               Shannon Fisk 347.393.5557   Governor’s Clean Energy Legacy hangs in the Balance as Judge Rejects Law and Science in Overturning DNRE Permit Denial  HOLLAND, MI–Citizens groups today urged Governor  Granholm to defend her clean energy policies and legacy in Michigan by appealing a misguided decision…

Rick Snyder’s Choice For Environment Chief Criticized

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                CONTACT:  David HoltzTuesday, November 30, 2010                                       517-999-3646 Former Engler Official Tried To Thwart EPA on Clean Water Act LANSING, MI–Progress Michigan today criticized Governor-elect Rick Snyder’s choice to head the state’s environmental agency, saying it raises serious doubts about Snyder’s commitment to protecting Michigan’s lakes, rivers, streams and air. Synder today named former…

Progress Michigan Launches 2010 Michigan Voter Guide

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                  Contact: David HoltzFriday, October 29, 2010                                                                                                313.300.4454                                                                                                                 Guide Spotlights Endorsements of Progressive Groups  LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today unveiled its 2010 Michigan Voter Guide, an online guide for voters showcasing the endorsed candidates of Michigan’s progressive community. “We are excited to release our 2010 Michigan Voter Guide — our first…

Citizens: Consumers Energy Permit to Drain Wetlands is Wrong Move

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             CONTACT: Leigh FifelskiThursday October 28, 2010                                                                (517) 999.3646 Permit is part of a coal project that is already on hold Bay City, MI – Citizens today criticized a decision by the Department of Natural Resources and Environment to provide a permit to Consumers Energy to drain wetlands near Bay City for a…

Ouimet Should Return $35,000 of Wasted Taxpayer Money

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE         Monday, Oct. 11, 2010 Contact: Leigh Fifelski, (517) 999-3646 Documents show county commissioner’s questionable reimbursement claims  LANSING – Citizens group Progress Michigan today put a spotlight on the spending habits – at taxpayer expense – of Washtenaw County politician Mark Ouimet, who claimed more than $35,000 in reimbursements for wasteful and questionable…

Citizens Protest Johnson Outside Debate

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                          MORE INFORMATION: Friday, October 8, 2010                               David Holtz 517-999-3646 Secretary of State Candidate Criticized For Taking Money From State’s Biggest Corporate Election Law Violator                                                    EAST LANSING, MI–Citizens group Progress Michigan was joined by about two-dozen others this morning outside WKAR TV studios in East Lansing to protest Secretary of State Ruth Johnson’s accepting a…

Snyder’s Ag Plan Hurts Great Lakes, Promotes Pollution on Factory Farms

CLEAN WATER ACTION, PROGRESS MICHIGAN & SIERRA CLUB FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                     Contact:   Anne Woiwode 517-484-2373                                                                                          Cyndi Roper 517-490-1394                                                                                         David Holtz 313-300-4454   LANSING – Citizens and environmental groups, including a Michigan farmer who won the world’s top environmental prize last year, today criticized Rick Snyder for taking a backwards and dangerous approach to policing big agricultural polluters…