AFP-Michigan on Monday, March 4th launched an 11-stop, statewide RTW Town Hall Tour. The tour featured experts on the issue, including F. Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center, Professor Lewis Butler of Hillsdale College, and Terry Bowman of Union Conservatives. Aiming at furthering the conversation and altering common misconceptions, the events were well-attended by non-union members and union workers alike.
Education is too important for society and prosperity to be controlled by those furthest from the students. Lindsey Burke of The Heritage Foundation sums it up best when she says that, "Adopting Common Core national standards and tests surrenders control of the content taught in local schools to distant national organizations and bureaucrats in Washington. It is the antithesis of reform that would put control of education in the hands of those closest to the student: local school leaders and parents.”
MLive: Town hall meeting in Jackson highlights positive aspects of Right to Work as part of a state-wide tour
State Director Scott Hagerstrom opened the event, stating the group wanted to hear the input from residents of cities like Jackson and what issues they have. F. Vincent Vernuccio of the Mackinac Center for Public Policy, Terry Bowman president of Union Conservatives and Lewis Butler a professor of economics at Hillsdale College all spoke on the subject of right to work and moving forward.
Raising taxes is never popular. But apparently raising the gas tax and making Michigan's gas tax the highest in the country didn't sit well with Michigan drivers. Lansing lawmakers have altered their proposed solutions, but don't get too excited. They still want to increase taxes instead of prioritizing spending.
“Representative Joe Haveman is a case in point. By calling an exchange the ‘conservative thing to do,’ he’s played right into President Obama’s hands. He’s legitimizing and repeating the Administration’s talking points about the mirage of local control. Then there’s Representative Anthony Forlini…he wants to put Michigan in the driver’s seat of a car that is heading off a fiscal cliff."