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Mark Schauer says he will not sign the 'no tax pledge'

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LANSING, Mich. (WJBK) - The Democratic candidate for governor Mark Schauer says he will not sign the no tax pledge, and says he probably would have sent Detroit in bankruptcy if he had been governor.  
 
Schauer was in Lansing Tuesday to release his ten point jobs and economic growth blueprint.

The 24-page document includes a pledge to create tens of thousands of new jobs by spending more on education, restoring tax credits to middle class families and providing incentives for companies to bring jobs back from China and Mexico.

But Gov. Snyder supporters are shopping the notion that Scahuer will do something else if he's elected - raise taxes.

"Have you ever signed the no tax pledge?" Fox 2's Tim Skubick asks Schauer.

"I have not," Schauer says.

"And you never will?" Skubick asks.  

"I will not," Schauer says.

"The other side will say, 'If you elect him, he will,'" Skubick says to Schauer.

Schauer replies, "I think even thinking Republicans realize that signing a pledge like that, catering to one of their special interest groups, doesn't make sense."

"If you say no to signing the pledge then I don't believe it is good," says Tony Daunt, a Snyder supporter.

It should be noted that Gov. Snyder has not signed the no tax pledge either and, indeed, he did raise some taxes during his first term.

On the Detroit bankruptcy issue, Schauer has been critical of the governor for cutting the pensions of Detroit retirees.

So Skubick asks Schauer, "If you had been governor would you have taken Detroit into bankruptcy?"

"I think probably so," Schauer responds. "I don't have access to those books but, again, I don't think many folks are arguing that Detroit wasn't bankrupt."

In his news conference Schauer pledged to restore funding to the cities to avoid emergency mangers from coming in. 
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