Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder / Detroit Free Press file photo
LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) - Governor Rick Snyder is hosting a media roundtable at 11:00am Thursday with Senate Leader Randy Richardville and Speaker Jase Bolger.
Thursday is going to be a busy day in Lansing with protests scheduled over right-to-work legislation and the emergency manager proposals. We will be there and have coverage on WZZM 13 News at 6:00pm. Peter Ross will also be tweeting updates from Lansing.
If you want to watch the roundtable with Gov. Snyder, it starts at 11:00am at this link.
Protest at Michigan Capitol over anti-union drive
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Union members have loudly demonstrated at the Capitol in Lansing and in Grand Rapids against so-called "right-to-work" legislation.
Hundreds of labor supporters packed the rotunda area Wednesday, blowing whistles and chanting slogans such as "Union busters" and "We are Michigan." State police and Capitol security officers were on hand. The protest didn't disrupt House and Senate work sessions in their respective chambers.
Rumors have swirled that majority Republicans might try to push through legislation in the session's closing days that would bar unions from collecting dues from non-members.
In Grand Rapids, demonstrators chanted and picketed inside the Amway Grand Plaza Hotel. They called for Dick DeVos to end financial support for right-to-work legislation. DeVos is an heir to the Amway business fortune and a Republican activist.
1st hearing set for emergency manager replacement
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- A proposed replacement for the emergency manager law rejected by Michigan voters is getting its first legislative hearing.
The House Local, Intergovernmental and Regional Affairs Committee is scheduled on Thursday to consider what's known as The Local Financial Stability and Choice Act. Gov. Rick Snyder and legislative leaders said when they unveiled it on Wednesday that it aims to provide more choices and control to cash-strapped local governments and school districts.
The plan that gives four choices to communities and school districts found to be in a financial emergency: accept an emergency manager, bankruptcy, mediation or a consent agreement with the state like the one in Detroit.
Voters decisively rejected Proposal 1 in November. The state since has been operating under a previous law that gives managers fewer powers.