Norquist lobbies Michigan lawmakers to pass right-to-work bill

By Chad Livengood, The Detroit News

Influential anti-tax crusader Grover Norquist is urging Michigan lawmakers to pass a right-to-work law, calling it “absurd” to require workers in a unionized workplace to financially support labor unions.

Norquist, founder of Americans for Tax Reform, sent all legislators a letter Nov. 30, adding to the growing chorus of conservative groups pressuring the Republican-controlled Legislature to jam through a right-to-work bill in the lame duck session this month.

“This is one of the most important steps you can take to jumpstart the state’s economy, boost employment, and spur population growth,” Norquist wrote in a letter to legislators obtained by The Detroit News.

The Michigan Chamber of Commerce on Monday came off the sidelines and called for passage of the legislation, which could be introduced as early as Tuesday. On an Oct. 14 segment of WDIV Local 4′s Flashpoint program, Chamber CEO Rich Studley said the pro-business group does not back right-to-work.

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