Lansing Mayor and gubernatorial candidate Virg Bernero said Tuesday evening that General Motors plans to announce a new investment in its Delta Township-Lansing plant Wednesday afternoon. The announcement is set for 3 p.m. Wednesday, however Bernero won’t be there. He’ll be campaigning.

During a special 30-minute WWJ News Special, Bernero said he’s also working on another big announcement from General Motors.

“We’re fighting for another big announcement for GM, we’re in the hunt for a new plant expansion, a new global platform that will be a $200 million, 600 and some job expansion that we’re in the hunt for,” Bernero told WWJ’s Bill Stevens and Jayne Bower. “I’m not giving up on manufacturing, I’m not waving the white flag.

WWJ Lansing Bureau Chief Tim Skubick reported Tuesday afternoon that former President Bill Clinton will be coming to Michigan to campaign for Bernero and other Democrats. Bernero said he has no confirmation that Clinton is coming, but would welcome a visit even though they don’t agree on the North American Free Trade Agreement.

“As you know I’m not a big fan of NAFTA at all, I think we need fair trade, not free trade,” Bernero said.

As for a poll showing Bernero trailing Republican Rick Snyder by 20%, Bernero said he wasn’t surprised.

“I’m the little engine that could, I think I’ve got the better plan, I’ve got the plan to grow the economy,” Bernero said while encouraging voters to look at both his website and Snyder’s website.

On education, Bernero said the so-called reforms and mandates on the education system must stop. He said he supports all-day kindergarten for every child, reasonable class sizes and wants to focus on cutting the drop out rate.

“The drop out rate of course contributes to our problem with corrections, the prison system because we know the number one common denominator for prisoners is that they are high school dropouts,” Bernero said adding he’d bring back truancy officers to make sure kids are in school.

Bernero said he would gather a “blue ribbon task force” to redesign financing for public education.

On other issues:
–Bernero said he won’t try to undo the smoking ban in Michigan bars and restaurants.
–On the film tax credits, Bernero said he has no plans to eliminate the credit. “It’s working, it’s attracting new business, it’s helping to diversify the economy, it’s attracting young people,” he said.
–Bernero said he opposes Proposal 1, a statewide ballot proposal which calls for a constitutional convention. “Right now we have to be focused on the economic problems facing the state.”
–He said he hasn’t studied Proposal 2 yet. That ballot question would amend the state constitution to prohibit certain felons from holding elective office and specified types of public employment positions.
–Bernero said he is “leaning pretty strongly” against keeping bars open until 4 a.m. He said extending the hours would push people to drink more and later.

The election is November 2nd.

WWJ has invited Republican nominee Rick Snyder to talk about the issues next week.

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  1. YellowC4S says:

    I work in a Union environment. I am a black man and I live in Detroit. I drive foreign vehicles and I am a Republican. I work for a company that bought another company down south. I looked upon that as my “Get Out Of Jail Free Card” as I cannot stand Detroit, much less Michigan and I don’t really see any change coming…at least not in my lifetime so I am using this opportunity to transfer so that I can keep my job, seniority, etc. I don’t really give a crap about abortion. I look at it this way. I don’t like rap music so I don’t listen to it. You don’t like abortions, DON’T HAVE ONE. I could care less about Sunday liquor sales or bars staying open til 4 AM. One of my biggest beefs about this hellhole of a city are the insurance rates and taxes. I pay close to $9000 per year to insure a house and two cars. I surmise that there is some kind of upcharge for the priviledge of living in Detoilet. I’m still wondering when something is going to be done about that. I pay property taxes and city taxes and state taxes and yet I still have to pay another $300 just to get my garbage picked up. With unemployment running rampant through the city that means that there are a whole lotta folks that ain’t got crap to do all day…that being the case this place should be spotless. As I basically work at ground zero, I can tell you it’s not…as if you didn’t know. Detroit, being a predominately black city generally votes democratic. I guess these idiots don’t realize that democrats have been (insert appropriate metaphor) this place up for at least the last 25-30 years. Nobody does anything because everyone is waiting for someone else to do it. When I travel I am actually embarrassed to admit I live here. Michigan can’t educate it’s children, can’t keep street lights on not to mention a host of other things it can’t do but it’s going to regulate a businessperson telling them how to run their business…ala smoking ban. You can’t keep your own BUSINESS together. How do you justify regulating someone else’s? Yepper…18 more months and I’m outta here. My question is, if either of you candidates could, how would you convince me to stay?

    I’ll make sure I turn the lights off when I go…

  2. Richardo Brown, A.A. A.S. says:

    Proposal 2 might be a good idea if:
    1.) the ex-felon has completer the R.G.C. or Receptance and Guidance Center, meaning the inside program has been completed by the ex-felon when tin=me served (i.e. GED, inside college program, skills certificates, vocation certificates, ) and any other programs that will help the society exixting and the paroled ex-felon combined in a attempt to stratify population that exist.

    Should a ex-parole take political science while in prison he would be able to become an politcal activist for a state or federal candidate only!!!
    So an inside program student can participate in state gubenatorial and U.S. Presidential elections. of course politics can be a rough game to survive and at anytime an ex-felon’s life could be at dangerous district or precinct stand with voters (i.e. girlfriend, wife, children, friends housing and valuables), thats why lobbist such as the National Rifle Association, the Second Amendment Foundation and other gun lobbying groups (e.g. Michigan Militia) have formed memberships for ex-felons that register their candidate of state and federal elections, as conquence to the premise; the police / city and county by law cannot assist them.

  3. truth says:

    Isn’t it funny that the question regarding his daughter Virgina habing lnks to a murdered drug dealer was never addressed. I guess it is true that even the media is in Bernero’s pocket.

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