Signatures to recall Gov. Snyder collected in GH Saturday

Despite an earlier mix-up, an event to collect signatures to recall Gov. Rick Snyder was held Saturday afternoon in Grand Haven's Central Park. The event was part of a statewide effort to collect more than 800,000 signatures that would start the recall process on Snyder for his support of the Emergency Financial Manager law, said Jason Collins. Collins is a Spring Lake resident and one of three Ottawa County residents heading countywide efforts to recall the governor.
Jordan Travis
Jul 10, 2011


When language for the recall petition was approved in April, Snyder spokeswoman Sara Wurfel said that the governor remains focused on policies he says will help put Michigan on solid footing for the future.

“The governor is disappointed that things get taken out of context or misrepresented, but he also remains fully committed to making the tough fiscal and policy decisions that have been put off for far too long,” she said.

Statewide, the Committee to Recall Rick Snyder is leading the charge because its supporters believe that the EFM law takes away voters’ powers in affected municipalities or school districts. This is the argument against Snyder that appears on the petition that circulators are asking voters to sign.

However, the committee also states that Snyder’s support for taxing pensions, eliminating the Michigan Business Tax and cutting education funding — among other actions — as a reason to recall the governor.

As he stood near a table where supporters came to sign the petition, Collins said that he, too, felt the EFM law is unfair.

“We have a right in a democracy to stick up for the principles we believe in,” he said. “One of those being our right to choose our elected officials, which — for some reason, for the first time that I have ever heard of in history — is being denied to us.”

Read more of this story in Monday's print and e-edition of the Grand Haven Tribune.



Governor Snyder - keep doing what you are doing which is making the tough decision that have needed to be made in this state for far too long. If the teachers & unions are trying to gather signatures for a recall that means you are on the right track. Besides the teacher unions will be humbled when their signature drive yields only a fraction of what is needed. Keep up the good work!

Sound Judgement

Govenor Snyder has a tough job and understands what is needed, however painful to get this great state back on its feet. I applaud the recall committee for thier concern and dedication to our state but I feel we need to let the man we elected to this office do his job as best he can. I believe he will make Michigan a better state but this will take time and sacrifice on all our parts. There is no magic bullet and Rick Snyder probably has more of a task on hand than he bargained for. I myself will chose to pray for wisdom, strength and perseverance for our govenor.


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