Michigan ‘Sharply Divided’ Over Right-To-Work

Posted at 4:29 PM, Mar 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-29 08:12:33-04

LANSING, Mich. — As Michigan becomes the 24th “Right To Work” state, residents remain sharply divided over whether the new law will hurt or help the economy.

“That’s a statistical dead heat,” said Charles Ballard, MSU professor of economics and State of the State survey director.

Michigan State University’s Institute for Public Policy and Social Research says that, of the 1,1013 Michigan adults surveyed this winter, 42.7 percent said they believe the new law will help the economy.  Another 41 percent said it will hurt.

The quarterly telephone survey conducted between January 14 and March 14 shows just how split the state is on the issue.  Right-To-Work measures were passed and signed into law in early December and took effect Thursday, 90 days after the legislative process ended.