By Derek Nesbitt
The Lansing Star
LANSING — Some young voters in Lansing are worried that the outcome of last week’s national and state elections could affect funding for colleges and poorer residents.
Michigan State University psychology junior, Moriah Hill, 20, of Detroit, Michigan, said this election had more of an affect on her than presidential elections because of issues that are taken care of through state government.
“The governor is in charge of my state, which means every decision the governor makes has an impact on me,” said Hill who has been a Lansing resident for the past two years. “This election related more to the public than the presidential election in my opinion because we are directly affected by governmental decisions.”
Jhane Hemingway, 20, a Michigan State University human development and family studies junior who is also a current Lansing resident, said this election was more important than the presidential election because it focused on matters that directly affect the state of Michigan.
“Even though presidential elections are pretty important, this one directly touched on matters that I think are important for Michigan and will impact us directly,” said Hemingway who voted at Forest View School.
Hemingway said she hopes that improvements begun by Gov. Rick Snyder during his first term will help the city of Lansing continue to advance in the coming years.
“I can see great things happening to this city post election, but since I am a college student with plans of being here not much longer, I don’t think these changes will directly affect me,” said Hemingway, who plans to leave Michigan post graduation in 2016.
On the other hand, twin brother Joey Hemingway, 20, a neuroscience major at Michigan State University, said he worries things will get worse in Lansing.
“I feel as if things will be worse for the common folk like myself and those struggling financially, there will be less help for the poor and a lack of welfare,” said Hemingway.
Hemingway said he thinks many financial issues the city faces will start to change post election.
Hill said with Republican Rick Snyder being re-elected as Michigan’s governor, financial issues are a concern raised for her as well.
“If Rick Snyder continues to take money from education, I feel like him being in office another term will have a negative effect on me, considering I am a college student that pays out of pocket for my education,” said Hill.
Snyder was criticized during the campaign for early budget decisions that led to a billion-dollar education cut in the state of Michigan.
Hill also said she wishes she could have educated herself more on other categories within this election and not just the governor’s race.
“As far as voting, a little more education would have been nice on other positions and not just the governor’s race so that way I could have been completely confident in the people I chose to give my votes to,” said Hill, who learned about the governor’s race through television advertisements.