Sample Letters

Sample #1- To the editor

Dear Editor,

I am (Identify yourself with name, job title, school district). I’m tired of politicians blaming school employees and their union for Michigan’s economic crisis while big corporations and CEOs are rewarded with tax breaks. This is not an example of “shared sacrifice.”

(Explain the sacrifices you have already made.) Going after struggling middle class families is the wrong priority. It’s time for our leaders to end the power struggles and create quality jobs for middle class families.

Dear Editor,

The top priority for Gov. Snyder and politicians should be to create jobs and strengthen our economy, not to attack school employees and their unions. These attacks won’t help our economy and they won’t create a single job. Instead their proposals will weaken wages, benefits and pensions for public employees, at a time when many middle class families are already struggling.

Sample #2 – To a legislator

Dear ____________,

I am (Identify yourself with name, job title, school district). I am furious that you support current legislation which is aimed at taking away my voice as a taxpayer, as a voter, as a school employee, and as a member of the middle class. It’s time politicians start listening to us and renew the balance in our economy. Your promise was to create jobs. Your partisan politics will not create a single job. Stop the attacks on Michigan’s middle class.

Dear ____________,

I am (Identify yourself with name, job title and school district.) who is angry over the constant attacks on school employees. We are dedicated to making sure the children of this state receive a quality education that will prepare them for a successful future. You seem dedicated to making sure that doesn’t happen. From slashing the education budget to diminishing collective bargaining, your partisan politics are destroying education and the middle class—two key elements in saving Michigan. Stop the attacks.

Dear __________,

I am a (Identify yourself with name, job title, school district). The message of “shared sacrifice” is hard to believe when all of your efforts are aimed at making sure big business profits and the middle class—people like me—suffer. Your efforts at cutting the wages and benefits of the middle class, taxing seniors and the poor, and slashing education funding will destroy this state. None of these moves will create the jobs you promised. Stop the attacks.

Sample #3 – To a parent, community member, business owner

Dear__________,

Because we all share a concern for the quality of education our students are receiving, we should stand united against Gov. Snyder’s budget proposal for education in Michigan. His idea of “shared sacrifice” and “reinventing Michigan” means slashing a minimum of $470 per pupil and using the State Aid Fund to pay for colleges and universities.

The impact on our school district is especially devastating. For us, these cuts mean a $_____ per pupil cut, the elimination of (List staff and program cuts, threats of privatization or consolidation, and other cuts.)

This impact is in addition to the steps our school district has already taken to save money—(List cuts and sacrifices made in the past. Include what the employees have done also.)

We need your help and support to stop this attack on education. We need to tell Gov. Snyder and legislators that these cuts are unacceptable.

Please consider taking one of these actions:

(Provide a list of actions and a way individuals can contact you.)

Thank you for your help.

Dear ______________,

Gov. Snyder’s proposed $470 per pupil cut to K-12 education not only impacts our students, it will have a devastating impact on this community’s economic survival.

For our local schools, these cuts will mean (List the impacts on the school district.)

For our community, these cuts will mean the loss of voters and taxpayers; more empty and unsold houses; and fewer customers shopping at our local businesses.

In the past, the quality of our education programs and the staff who deliver them have meant families choosing to move to our community. These proposed cuts to education will put an end to that.

We need your help and support to stop this attack on education. We need to tell Gov. Snyder and legislators that these cuts are unacceptable. This is no way to create jobs or “reinvent Michigan.”

We are asking for your support by taking one of the following actions:

(Provide a list of actions and a way individuals can contact you.)

Thank you for your help.

Dear __________,

We are taxpayers and voters. We work hard to provide for our families. We want the best for our children. We are the middle class.

And we are under attack.

Whether it’s the passage of Emergency Manager legislation, balancing a budget deficit on the backs of seniors, students and working families, or forcing voters and taxpayers to pay for tax breaks for big business and CEOs—it’s time we tell our leaders to listen to us, come together to stop the power struggles, restore balance in our economy, and create quality jobs for Michigan’s middle class.

Please consider taking one of the following actions:

(Provide a list of actions and a way individuals can contact you.)

Thank you for your help.

Samples of letters for parents, community members, business leaders to use

Dear ___________,

I am a parent of a Michigan student and I am appalled at the Governor’s proposal to drastically slash funding for my child’s education. Our school district has already used a variety of cost-cutting measures to save money. Any further cuts will prevent my child from receiving a quality education.

If our students are deprived of a high-quality education, they can’t become the educated workforce we need to bring out state back to prosperity. The future of Michigan depends on our children.

Keep your promise. Make education a priority.

Dear _________,

The top priority for Gov. Snyder and the Legislature should be to create jobs for Michigan’s middle class. Instead politicians are trying to balance the budget on the backs of hard-working families, senior citizens and students. That’s not right.

It is the middle class who built this state and who will help Gov. Snyder keep his promise of reinventing Michigan. That’s not going to happen if he and the Legislature cut the wages and benefits of the middle class. It won’t happen if they tax the pensions of retirees. It won’t happen if education funding is slashed. It won’t happen if big business and CEOs don’t play a part in Snyder’s plan for “shared sacrifice.”

It’s time for politicians to stop the power struggles, renew balance in our economy and create quality jobs.