LANSING, Mich. (WZZM) -- Right-to-work is an issue that has been around for a long time in Michigan politics, but why did Gov. Snyder and Republican lawmakers push for legislation now?
WZZM 13 spoke with Bill Ballenger, editor and publisher of Inside Michigan Politics, about the fast introduction and passage of right-to-work bills. He says part of it has to do with the lawmakers themselves, and that new state representatives would be taking office in the new year.
"The window is closing," says Ballenger. "This is a lame duck session, and the legislature is only going to be in session another week. They want to go home. After they go home -- when they come back in January -- the Republicans will be reduced to only 59 members not 64, which is what they have now. I think people who want right to work decided, 'If we don't do this now, we are not going to get it done'."
Ballenger, who is a former member of the State House and Senate, says Gov. Snyder did not want to tackle right-to-work because it was divisive -- even though he agreed with the policy. Because Republican leaders wanted to push the legislation now, he got on board with the effort.
"I think the governor decides, 'Look, we've all got to get together on this and get it done'," says Ballenger. "Hopefully, in his case, he can put it behind him."
The political pundit says it remains to be seen what kind of fallout there will be again Snyder for his support of right-to-work. He also says it's not yet known how Democrats and pro-labor groups will try to reverse the legislation, though they will likely consider recalls and lawsuits.