By Jennifer Wendel
“There is a lot of damage in this budget proposal that even if [Democrats] can take back the state house, state senate and the governorship, it’s going to take a long time to repair; this isn’t something that can just be fixed in an election cycle,” said Morgan.
First year, Darrin Camilleri, another attendee of the March rally, agreed that Snyder’s budget is leading nowhere good. “His idea of shared sacrifice is contrary to the definition of sacrifice, because he is aiding the very rich while hurting the many people in Michigan who need money the most. That is definitely sacrifice, but it sure is not shared,” wrote Camilleri over e-mail. “State aid for scholarships will be cut and the mass exodus of young people will continue if there is no effort to retain new industries like clean energy and film.”
K faculty is speaking out too. Kiran Cunningham, professor of anthropology, called the potential budget “just horrendous,” saying it will break “the livelihood of the working and middle classes.”
Because they consider Snyder’s proposed budget a vital issue, Cunningham and three other K professors are holding a teach-in on Tuesday during common time, because “a lot of us need to organize and inform about what is going on.”
“I just hope that people will get involved,” said Morgan. According to him, this issue is more important than what students might learn in a classroom. He said, “This is going to impact all of Michigan and the country.”