Fi­nal votes pos­si­ble on right-towork law

Protests mount as gov­er­nor pushes anti-union stand.

Austin American-Statesman - - THE SECOND FRONT - By­j­ef­fkaroub

LANS­ING, MIcH. — Gov. Rick Sny­der says one rea­son he sup­ports rightto-work leg­is­la­tion in Michi­gan is the eco­nomic boost a sim­i­lar law has given In­di­ana, although of­fi­cials have pro­vided no con­clu­sive ev­i­dence the pol­icy by it­self has drawn new busi­nesses to the state next door.

It’s an ex­am­ple of the flurry of claims sup­port­ers and op­po­nents were mak­ing as the Michi­gan Leg­is­la­ture pre­pared to re­con­vene Tues­day for what could be fi­nal votes on right-to-work bills that have in­spired fierce protests from unions and their Demo­cratic al­lies, in­clud­ing Pres­i­dent Barack Obama.

Lans­ing au­thor­i­ties were brac­ing for an on­slaught of demon­stra­tors, in­creas­ing po­lice pres­ence and plan­ning road clos­ings around the Capi­tol.

Sny­der, a Repub­li­can who said re­peat­edly dur­ing his first two years in of­fice that right-to-work wasn’t a pri­or­ity for him, re­versed course last week by en­dors­ing bills that would pro­hibit re­quir­ing nonunion em­ploy­ees to pay unions for ne­go­ti­at­ing con­tracts and other ser­vices.

Within hours, bills were rushed through the GOP-dom­i­nated House and Se­nate as Democrats an­grily ob­jected.

Dur­ing a news con­fer­ence ex­plain­ing his de­ci­sion, Sny­der said he had been im­pressed by re­sults in In­di­ana, which en­acted a right-to-work law ear­lier this year.

“They’ve had 90 com­pa­nies in the pipe­line for eco­nomic devel­op­ment say this was a fac­tor in de­cid­ing to look to come to In­di­ana,” he said. “That’s thou­sands of jobs. We need more and bet­ter jobs in Michi­gan.”

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