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I don't expect the questioning to be to hard republican hack Rick Albin is moderating



The State of Michigan: Your Money, Your Voice

“The State of Michigan: Your Money, Your Voice” - September 13, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and woodtv.com




GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - WOOD TV8 is pleased to announce it will host a live special presentation, “The State of Michigan: Your Money, Your Voice” on September 13, 2011 at the WOOD TV8 studios.


The hour-long program will be presented in a t own hall format with Governor Rick Snyder, hosted by 24 Hour News 8’s Brian Sterling, Sue Shaw and moderated by Political reporter Rick Albin beginning at 7 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and streamed live on woodtv.com.


A diverse group of West Michigan community members, from a variety of demographics, will be selected by WOOD TV8 to attend the live broadcast and participate by asking questions directly to the governor. Viewers will also be invited to take part by asking questions via social media, and through a live chat room during the event.


Have a question for Gov. Snyder? Email it now to 24 Hour News 8





“24 Hour News 8 is pleased to have the opportunity to bring voters together with the lawmakers who decide how our money is spent,” said WOOD TV8 News Director Rebecca Sapakie. “The issues are numerous: pension tax, school funding, higher education, emergency manager act, ending the Michigan Business Tax, and, of course, the number one concern in Michigan, jobs. Our town hall will come less than one week after President Obama makes a major prime time address to a joint session of Congress about that very subject.”


The fall session of the state legislature will just be gearing up and there are a number of issues like workforce development, health and wellness, and a new international crossing to Canada that will likely be addressed.


All of this comes on the eve of what may be another watershed election, with the race for president coming directly through our state, as well as every member of the U.S. and State House of Representatives and a U.S. Senate seat up for a vote.


“The State of Michigan: Your Money, Your Voice” - September 13, 2011 from 7-8 p.m. on WOOD TV8 and woodtv.com

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What about this Rick...You couldn't do ANYTHING to prevent these jobs from being lost.


I'm with Hoffa...


White Pigeon factory to close, 300 jobs plus lost




WHITE PIGEON, Mich. (NEWSCHANEL 3) – West Michigan is losing more jobs as a long-running factory in White Pigeon is closing up shop.


That means hundreds of jobs could be in jeopardy in a matter of weeks.


It's a move that not only hurts the soon to be unemployed, it hurts the economy of a struggling village.


Word is spreading quickly around White Pigeon about Dexter Chassis, the company was apparently bought out by another company in Indiana and is taking its hundreds of jobs across the border.


White Pigeon is a village of 1,600 people and is now about to lose its largest employer. Dexter Chassis, once considered the biggest thing to happen to White Pigeon, will soon be a thing of the past.


“Things were already tough for people,” said Village President Dan Czajkowski. “It's just going to make things that much harder, there's not a lot of jobs out there right around here.”


Dexter Chassis is known for making trailer frames for RVs. Workers tell Newschannel 3 that operations will be moving across the state line to Middlebury and Goshen Indiana after the company was apparently bought out by a company in Goshen.


More than 300 people are currently employed at Dexter Chassis, workers tell Newschannel 3 that the factor could close within 30 days.


Czajkowski says he heard about the news, but was never formally told about the move.


“The stories I heard, and this is unconfirmed, but a good share of those people will get a chance to go with the company,” said Czajkowski, “but the tax base will be reduced for the village, schools and everybody else.”


Newschannel 3 has been told that some of the workers will be offered jobs, but it's still unknown how many and workers say nothing is guaranteed.


Debbie Johnson's husband works at the facility and is concerned about what the move will mean for their future.


“He said they won't need the press operators, paint line, the people on the crib,” said Johnson, “and that's like 90 percent of the shop.”

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