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MONROE - Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder fielded questions today from some of the several hundred people who gathered at a public town-hall meeting at Monroe County Community College.
Residents sat inside the college's auditorium where they spoke with the governor, with most of the queries focusing on the economic downturn and some of the state's recent spending cuts.
"The issue is that we had a billion and half dollar deficit," said the governor, when asked about a cut in per-pupil spending for schools.
"Was it easy? No," he said.
Mr. Snyder's pledges to balance the budget drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd, as did a few tough questions about the rational behind the state's spending cuts.
The governor remained to answer eight questions, but he pledged to respond to all the remaining queries by email.
Twenty protestors lingered outside the auditorium, primarily to protest Michigan's public-sector spending cuts. Most of those present were local educators from Monroe, said Brian Sexton, the president of the Monroe County Education Association.