Upon the passing of last week’s Workplace Fairness and Equity Act, more commonly known as right-to-work, Sen. Judy Emmons, R-Sheridan, and Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, took time to discuss their thoughts on the passing of the bill at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College. “This was very controversial and there was a lot of demonstration at the Capitol,” Outman said. “It’s something that I’ve thought about for a long time, coming from the educational community.”
As Lynn Mason rallied at the state Capitol with fellow protesters earlier this month, she could feel the passion. The Belding woman was one of many to protest what has become commonly known as right-to-work legislation. Contrary to its name, the legislation actually addresses the right for workers to choose whether they want to join a union or pay fees that amount to union dues. The legislation prohibits “closed shops,” where workers have no choice but to join a union or pay those fees. The legislation does not apply to law enforcement employees or firefighters, who are covered under binding arbitration.
One of the consequences of the legislative “lame duck” session, which occurs whenever one legislative body meets after its successor is elected, but before the successor’s term begins, is that it is common for a plethora of bills and laws to make their way through the house and senate and onto Gov. Rick Snyder’s desk without much discussion. As Rep. Rick Outman, R-Six Lakes, pointed out at Monday’s Legislative Luncheon meeting at Montcalm Community College, that was very much the case this year as nearly 190 bills were passed within a 24-hour period last week.
You don’t have to look far when searching for the new superintendent of Belding Area Schools. After completing a positive preliminary review of Sara Shriver’s first six months served as the interim superintendent of Belding Area Schools during a special meeting last week, school board members voted unanimously Monday night to amend her position, removing the interim tag and promoting her to superintendent.
The Montcalm Conservation District is losing half of its county funding next year. The Montcalm County Board of Commissioners voted 8-1 on Monday to reduce conservation district funding from $12,000 to $6,000, per a recommendation from the county’s Solid Waste Management & Planning Committee after discussion at the committee’s Oct. 18 and Nov. 14 meetings. The extra $6,000 will go to the county’s recycling program.
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Our “It wasn’t on my agenda … before it was on my agenda” Gov. Rick Snyder has given his imprimatur to an assault on one of Michigan’s most heretofore unassailable traditions: the union shop.
Today, following chemotherapy treatments for non-Hodgkins large B-cell lymphoma, Congressman Dave Camp (R-MI) announced that his doctors have declared him cancer-free.
Good basketball teams have multiple players step up when needed to help win ballgames. On Monday night, the Lakeview Wildcats — with its leading scorer in foul trouble — had such a game, with multiple players leading the way in a 64-47 nonleague win over Chippewa Hills at Cook Gymnasium.
Morley Stanwood 58, Central Montcalm 47: The Hornets were close late against the Mohawks, but could not get over the final hump in a CSAA loss on Monday night at home…