Petition language to recall Governor Rick Snyder approved – UPDATED with video from the hearing

And they’re off!

In a clear statement that they mean business and are not pulling any punches, Michigan Rising the group setting out for a second attempt at recalling Michigan Governor Rick Snyder begins their petition language with the statement “Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan”.

Here is the petition language in full:

Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan. He cut thousands of children off food aid. He robbed $400 million from the School Aid Fund, then slashed school payments. This forced children into crowded classes. Then he signed more laws that privatize services, attack teachers and blame unions.

Snyder raised taxes on retirees and low and middle income working people, to make them pay $2 billion a year. At the same time, he gave an 86% tax cut, $1.7 billion, to large corporations.

Snyder signed Public Act 4 of 2011, the Emergency Manager Law. Snyder used the law to take over cities and school districts. Snyder removed officials elected by the citizens. Snyder’s agents broke contracts and sold off public property cheaply to corporations.

Richard Snyder has failed to pass a single law that helps Michigan citizens get jobs. He signed a law that cut state unemployment benefits from 26 to 20 weeks, and caused Michigan workers to lose 16 weeks of federal benefits.

Despite the rather inflammatory nature of the statement, the Washtenaw County Election Commission today approved their petition language. With that move, the effort to recall the governor can begin at any time.

Snyder’s attorney objected to the language, of course, but, in the end that was irrelevant.

Andrea Hansen, an attorney for Snyder, objected to the wording, which begins by claiming “Governor Snyder has abused the children of Michigan.”

“The statement is not only offensive and inflammatory, but it’s really not understandable,” Hansen said. “It doesn’t really say what is meant by the abuse. Which children are abused? How he abused them. … You can’t make false statements like that without specifics.”

But under Michigan law, boards of canvassers are only to review the grammar and punctuation of recall petitions.

“There is no requirement for there to be any shred of truth in our statement at all,” said Marion Townsend of Dearborn, who filed the recall language last month.

Here is video of the hearing:

Recall Petition Clarity Hearing 4-9-2012 from Jan BenDor on Vimeo.

Stay tuned for more information on the recall effort which will begin with a kickoff on May 5th. An informational flyer for the event can be found HERE (pdf).

  • http://facebook.com/mariahschafsnitz Tyyygarr

    Woohoo! Here we go!

    And about the first sentence of the petition – yeah, it’s a bit strong, BUT honestly? It’s true. When you cut thousands of children off welfare, make cuts to their education, etc. – you are abusing them.

  • ArrogantDemon

    Heard about this from a caller on the The Ed Show, congrats, and i hope it goes well for you, and you get rid of that fascist prick

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=580946571 Rob Lew

    IF MICHIGAN DOES NOT HAVE THE MONEY FOR ALL THOSE PROGRAMS, THEY HAVE TO GO.  NOT ABUSE.  IS EFFECTIVE ADULT FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT.  GIVING KIDS CANDY WHEN THEY NEED FOOD IS NOT ADULTHOOD…IT IS PANDERING TO KIDS WANTS, NOT THEIR NEEDS.  THE RECALL PETITION MERELY HIGHLIGHTS WHAT A BUNCH OF IMMATURE JERKS LIVE IN MICHIGAN AS DEMOCRATS WITH NO COMMON SENSE.

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      You forgot to mention Hitler.

  • Steveyester15

    Where do you sign to recall Snyder, he is a jerk not a nerd > keep raising taxes. My wife and I are looking to say good bye to Pure Michigan, moving out of this state soon…..!

    • http://eclectablog.com Eclectablog

      Kick of the recall effort starts with a HIGE rally atte Capitol on May 5th. Watch Eclectablog for details.

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