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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder’s decision to pursue a right-to-work law in 2012 drew massive protests to the Michigan Capitol, moving state politics momentarily to the center of national attention. Each side predicted monumental changes stemming from the law, which went into effect in March 2013 and outlawed mandatory payments of union dues as an employment condition in new labor contracts.
With Republicans in firm control of both houses of the Michigan Legislature as well as the governor’s office, Democrats may be wondering whether they can regain power in the state anytime soon. Surprisingly, history suggests that the best thing they could do to advance their cause would be to help elect a Republican president.
This is the first post from our new blog, titled Michigan Policy Wonk, at the Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) at Michigan State University (MSU). We seek to publicize research relevant to state policymakers and enable MSU faculty to provide informed commentary on public-policy issues.