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Mark Schauer Discusses Plan If He’s Elected Governor

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LANSING, MI (WLNS) - Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says if he is elected, in his 100 days in office he would end the retirement tax imposed by Governor Snyder.

He also says he would replace the billion dollars in education cuts, even though the governor contends that math is wrong.

Schauer appeared on a state-wide public radio call-in show and 6 News Capitol Correspondent Tim Skubick has the story.

Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer tackled a variety of issues. He's not ready to legalize marijuana, but is open to decriminalizing it.

He wants the Embridge Oil Company to replace its 61-year-old pipeline that runs underneath the Mackinac bridge. He would try to squeeze more money out of the federal government to fix Michigan roads, he'd eliminate waste in MDOT and make sure corporations pay their fair share. He said nothing about raising taxes on motorists.

He wants to boost from 10 percent to 20 percent the amount of energy generated by non-traditional methods.

Unless a state building was involved, as governor he would not step into the controversy in Vassar where some local residents don't want young children who are illegal aliens coming into the state.

“I’m a guy who used to run head start,” said Schauer.

Reporter: “Well then maybe Michigan ought to welcome the children?”

Schauer: “Well it’s a complex question and it’s a national question that has to be solved at the national level.”

On the WKAR public radio broadcast he suggested during his first 100 days in office, he would restore a billion dollars to education.

Reporter: “Do you have a plan to replace every dollar?”

Schauer: “We're going to start by getting the economy going.”

Reporter: “With all due respect the question was do you have a specific plan to replace each dollar?”

Schauer: “We're going to work with the legislature in a bi partisan way and the way we start is by agreeing to our priorities.”

Reporter: “Republicans say you don't have a plan, are they right?”

Schauer: “No, folks can go to my web site and read by education plan, my environmental plan.

Reporter: “But they're talking about replacing the revenue.”

Schauer: “There's more to come.”

To replace the over a billion dollars in lost revenue, Schauer says he would audit every state department, looking for waste and he would not use K-12 revenue for universities and community colleges.

Schauer also tells our Tim Skubick he would stimulate the economy in order to produce more state revenue.
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