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Jocelyn Benson Joins Michigan Campaign to Fix the Debt

From Fix the Debt Michigan
December 18, 2012

Prominent Democrat joins Business Owners, Local Elected Officials, Community Leaders Calling on Federal Lawmakers to Find Practical Solutions

December 18, 2012 (Lansing, Michigan): The Campaign to Fix the Debt – a national nonpartisan coalition of business leaders, elected officials, community leaders, academics and individual citizens is pleased to announce that Jocelyn Benson, Interim Dean, Wayne State University Law School and Director of the Michigan Center for Election Law, will co-chair the effort in Michigan.

Jocelyn Benson joins Campaign to Fix the Debt Michigan co-chairs Ken Sikkema, former Senate Majority Leader and Senior Policy Fellow at Public Sector Consultants, and Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. Benson, Sikkema and Baruah are calling on policy makers in Washington to put aside political differences to forge a credible plan to stabilize and bring down our national debt.

“Jocelyn’s experience and background is a strong addition to non-partisan effort to come together and tackle a challenging problem,” said Campaign to Fix the Debt state co-chair Sandy K. Baruah, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Detroit Regional Chamber. “Resolving this issue will take a smart combination of spending restraint, revenue enhancements and a robustly growing economy. We must continue to urge President Obama and our leaders in Congress to work together to find resolution.”

“No other issue is as urgent or important to our country as addressing both the immediate and long-term debt problems the U.S. currently faces,” Jocelyn Benson, Campaign to Fix the Debt state co-chair, who is the President of the Military Spouses of Michigan and former Michigan Democratic Party Candidate for Secretary of State said. “In recent years the national debt has grown to unsustainable levels relative to the size of our economy, placing an untenable burden on many small businesses, veterans and military families.”

To date, the Campaign to Fix the Debt has attracted more than 300,000 grassroots supporters from across the county, including the active support from small businesses, volunteers and local officials in Michigan. The Campaign to Fix the Debt is committed to advocating for our elected leaders to avert the cliff while gradually putting our debt on a sustainable course by generating more tax revenues and making smart spending cuts to programs that aren’t working or aren’t necessary.

Through grassroots organizing, earned media activities and high-profile outreach, the Campaign to Fix the Debt is urging lawmakers to set aside political differences to formulate practical solutions to our nation’s debt problems.

Jocelyn Benson is the Interim Dean at Wayne State University Law School where she serves as the Associate Director of the Damon J. Keith Center for Civil Rights. She is the founder and Director of the Michigan Center for Election Law, and is a member of the national board of directors for iCivics, Inc., a non-profit created by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to improve civics education throughout the country. She was asked to serve on the national board of directors of iCivics, Inc., a non-profit created by retired U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor to improve civics education throughout the country. Benson, a military spouse, is also the current President of the Military Spouses of Michigan. In 2010 she was the Michigan Democratic Party’s candidate for Secretary of State. For more information, please visit www.jocelynbenson.com

For more information, and to sign the campaign’s Citizen’s Petition, please visit www.fixthedebt.org.

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