The Associated Press February 17, 2011, 1:30PM ET

Mich. gov budget draws protests near state Capitol

Some Michigan state employees and retirees are upset about the budget proposals detailed by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder.

A few dozen protesters from state employee labor unions gathered near the state Capitol and outside the downtown Lansing building where Snyder was presenting his budget to state lawmakers Thursday. Protesters said too many of the proposals aim to balance the state's budget at the expense of state workers and retirees.

Unions expect to be asked for concessions as part of the effort to eliminate a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year starting in October.

The budget proposal calls for privatizing food service and prison stores operations in Michigan prisons and other changes that would affect state workers.

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