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Lansing Mayor Virg Bernero, vocal supporter of the Occupy movement (audio interview)

The Occupy movement has expanded beyond Wall Street. A number of cities in Michigan have Occupy demonstrations, including Detroit, Grand Rapids, and Lansing.

Lansing Mayor, Virg Bernero says he's been "..protesting Wall Street since before it was fashionable." He welcomes the demonstrators.

"It costs money to arrest people and to cordon off areas. And so our goal was to not arrest anybody, and we made that clear when they got here."

Bernero says, "...we need affective regulation of Wall Street, there is no question about that..." He adds that spending cuts from the state and national level have been negatively affecting local governments across the country. 

"I'm excited about working with the movement to put those ideas forward. And, I think a lot of times, mayors and people at the local level will have some of the best ideas and solutions, if we can just get them to percolate upwards."

Check out this video of Mayor Bernero talking to protesters in Lansing.



Mercedes Mejia is a producer and the Director of Stateside.
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