LANSING, Mich. — Senate Republican Leader Aric Nesbitt, R-Porter Township, issued the following statement after learning that Democratic leaders in the House plan to consider legislation to repeal Right to Work and restore prevailing wage laws on Wednesday:
“It is alarming that Democrats continue to bulldoze ahead with these plans to suffocate economic development in this state by returning to the failed policies of the Lost Decade. It seems they have no real desire to grow Michigan’s economy, and only want to focus on corporate welfare and big government handouts.
Prevailing wage requirements stifle competition and are an obvious gimmick to payback big union backers at the expense of the taxpayers. Studies have continued to show these measures force government to pay millions more than necessary.
Furthermore, any attempt to repeal Right to Work is a slap in the face to all blue-collar workers. No one should be forced to pay union dues and join an organization against their will as a condition of employment. Democrats are clearly showing the people of Michigan where their priorities are — with their union bosses and not the hardworking people who are trying to improve their own livelihoods.”