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Statement of Michigan AFL-CIO President Karla Swift Re: Town Hall Debate between Mark Schauer and Rick Snyder

“Tonight’s debate shows why Mark Schauer will be Michigan’s next governor. He laid out his vision for a Michigan that works for everyone; not just the wealthy and well-connected. Mark’s plan to raise middle-class incomes and reduce middle-class taxes is what  working families need so all of us can get Michigan’s economy growing again.

“Snyder was once again unable to defend his failed record. He raised taxes on the middle class and created a brand new tax on pensions earned and paid for by retirees. But Michigan still has the fifth highest unemployment in the nation – the same ranking as when Snyder took office. And we’re 49th out of 50 states when it comes to future job creation.

“Rick Snyder’s weak, rambling performance tonight is just his latest failure – and it shows why Mark Schauer will be the next governor of Michigan.”

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