For State-worker Couples, Politics Part Of Valentine’s Day

March 1, 2015 Nemes Politics

LANSING – 7 years earlier, a boyish-faced young man and a big-smiling young woman tied the knot.Theyd met through a mutual good friend. He liked her positive personality, and she made him laugh. She liked how sweet and caring he was, and loved how close he was to his family.They had a lot in common.

They enjoyed dinners and motion pictures, socializing with friends.Theyd both worked at an East Lansing retirement

house. But on the day they signed their wedding license, they both had a couple of years under their belts as workers of Michigan state government.Today, Mark Sanchez Jr., 29, is on leave from the Department of Innovation, Management

amp; Spending plan to function as vice president for his union, the Michigan State Worker Association. Erika, 28, works for the Department of Licensing amp; Regulatory Affairs.This Valentines Day, as on many vacations previously, that means the Potterville couple face realities other couples dont.

Theirs are careers directly influenced by state politics. Their expert fates are in the hands not simply of their direct managers however of 148 lawmakers and the governor.When both breadwinners work for the state, it suggests that when legislators pull the bag strings, it tightens all the household pocketbooks. So as the Legislature began talking today about ways to cover budget plan deficiencies, the Sanchezes paid close interestvery close attention. Particularly with 3 children, ages 2, 5 and 7.


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