Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer plans to prioritize education, job growth
REED CITY — Gubernatorial candidate Mark Schauer stopped in Reed City on Friday to discuss his plans to create jobs in Michigan, focus on healthy communities and prioritize education.
“We unveiled a very specific, 10-point plan,” Schauer said about his and running mate Lisa Brown’s plan to create jobs, titled “Blueprint: A Michigan that works for everyone.” “It’s our blueprint for a Michigan that works for everyone.”
Schauer, D-Battle Creek, stopped at the Reed City Depot after visiting Baldwin in Lake County, as a part a tour through each of Michigan’s counties before the primaries on Aug. 5. Forty people gathered on Friday to hear Schauer speak. He was joined by 102nd State House Democratic candidate, John Ruggles, who echoed his goals of prioritizing education and protecting the environment.
“I think Democrats and most Michigan citizens are very angry about what has happened during Gov. Rick Snyder’s administration,” said former Osceola County Democratic Party county chair, Jodi Gabert. “There are changes that need to be made. Seniors have been taxed, the budget for education has been slashed. Promised jobs have not been created, especially in this area. It’s time for a change. I bet Schauer and Lisa Brown can provide that change. They are committed and are not afraid to speak their minds.”
One of Schauer’s main goals if elected includes prioritizing public education by restoring funding and making higher education more affordable by increasing need-based financial aid.
“Rick Snyder cut $1 billion from our schools. We have a specific plan to put that money back,” Schauer said. “We need to take the profit motive out of education. A lot of dollars are being taken away from our public schools and kids are suffering.”
Another of Schauer’s objectives is to create jobs throughout Michigan by developing green sources of energy, such as building and utilizing wind turbines, protecting the environment and to continue to promote tourism.
“Reed City, Big Rapids – as we start to move up into northern Michigan, these communities are built around our natural resources,” Schauer said. “Whether it’s agriculture, whether it’s tourism, hunting and fishing – this is an economy that really depends on clean Great Lakes, clean air, clean water. So that’s why I see our natural resources as economic drive.”
Other points Schauer discussed included fixing Michigan’s road infrastructure, building healthy communities and focusing on Michigan workers and products to boost the economy. Schauer also voiced his support of Proposal 1, saying eliminating personal property tax will create jobs in Michigan.
“We’ve got to put Michigan first,” Schauer said. “That’s why I’m talking about having a strong By-Michigan initiative, which includes spending our tax dollars on Michigan companies that hire Michigan workers. That’s why I also included a Michigan insourcing initiative.”
Schauer denounced Snyder’s plan to utilize affordable, renewable sources of energy.
“Rick Snyder’s talked about it a lot, but he’s done absolutely nothing,” Schauer said, citing when he was in the Legislature in 2008 and Public Act 295, a renewable energy initiative that also dealt with energy efficiency, was passed.
“Snyder talked about (renewing the initiative) for six seconds during the State of the State address last winter to sort of check it off his box,” Schauer said. “But there’s been no plan to move forward.”
Schauer is confident about his chances in November.
“My vision for Michigan is having a Michigan that works for everyone,” Schauer said. “Not just the wealthy. That’s what we’ll do if I’m elected.”