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Tue August 2, 2011
Jesse Jackson meets with statewide Black Caucus
Reverend Jesse Jackson is in Michigan this week to continue his campaign against the sweeping emergency manager law.
Jackson wants to expand his Rainbow PUSH Coalition in Michigan to increase action against the politics of Governor Rick Snyder and the Republican-led Legislature.
Jackson says large businesses in Michigan have been allowed for too long to make huge profits while many people have struggled to make ends meet or find a job.
“Michiganders have something to say about restructuring our economy.”
Jackson says there are two issues in Michigan that are most concerning to the state’s economic and political future.
The first is the expansion of the emergency manager law, which he says negates voter rights.
Jackson describes the problem:
“Not a person accountable to the people, or formed by the people, only to the Secretary of Treasury, who then can suspend labor contracts. How Democratic. So that to end democracy and to choose a czar is no solution to an economic crisis.”
The second is a looming decision in the Legislature to place a lifetime cap on welfare benefits at four years. With one procedural action left in the Senate, the measure is expected to go to Governor Snyder for his signature and begin on October first.
Jackson says October first would become a sort of Armageddon Day for Michigan’s most struggling residents.