I actually don’t view this as anti-union. I view it as if the unions did it appropriately, this should make them more responsive, because it really means they have to be listening to workers more attentively and really presenting the value proposition to them. Because if they were doing all the things that workers were looking for, there shouldn’t be any difference with this legislation at all. Workers would simply choose to join the union, versus not choosing.Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder • Discussing his support of Michigan’s new “right to work” legislation, which the governor is expected to sign into law as early as Wednesday, during an appearance on Mike Huckabee’s radio show this morning. Union workers have rejected Snyder’s description of the new legislation, with UAW President Bob King saying that this needs to be viewed “as part of a right-wing agenda” during an interview on MSNBC. source
One of the greatest things holding us back in Michigan is Washington. [Romney] understands our state. He’s one of us.Michigan Governor Rick Snyder • Officially endorsing Mitt Romney for President. This was an endorsement that until recently seemed in question, as the Republican governor dragged his feet on the decision mightily. It’s understandable why he did, in a sense – Romney has always been and likely still is the “establishment” pick, but Rick Santorum emphasizes American manufacturing in his platform, which is an appealing line in a state like Michigan. As it stands, the Romney campaign couldn’t afford to have lost this endorsement, and they can’t afford to lose Michigan, following a string of defeats by Rick Santorum. The February 28th primary is expected to be hotly contested, not least of all because of Mitt Romney’s 2008 remarks against the auto-industry bailout, which bolstered Detroit’s then-failing auto companies. source (via • follow)
» A plan comes to fruition: Governor Rick Snyder supported and signed into law a bill authorizing him to appoint “emergency financial managers” for towns, cities and school districts. This manager would have broad power to strip the power of elected officials, and dissolve whole cities; Benton Harbor, a chronically impoverished city with a black population well over 90%, now knows this disgrace all too well, in the person of their new emergency manager, Joseph Harris. Over the weekend, Harris decided that the city’s elected officials don’t get to govern anymore. No vote, no decision making, nothing but holding meetings and approving the minutes of said meetings. This is the sort of thing, frankly, that should outrage any American regardless of their political stripe. Here’s hoping principled conservatives will join in on decrying this.