Snyder addresses controversy over Emergency Financial Manager bill
6:39 PM, Mar 10, 2011
8:22 PM, Mar 10, 2011
DEARBORN, Mich. (WXYZ) - Governor Rick Snyder is talking about the controversy over a new bill that will affect arbitration with state workers.
In a one on one interview he said the bill would not harm efforts at collective bargaining in Michigan.
Governor Snyder says no one should expect labor unions to take over the state capitol in Lansing like teacher and other unions did in Madison, Wisconsin.
He says he doesn't want to kill collective bargaining. In fact he is encouraging it as part of his budget proposal
"I want our hard working state employees to help us find a way to balance the budget," Snyder says.
As for another controversial issue: legislation giving broad powers to emergency financial managers, Snyder says he expects to sign a version of it within days. However he insists EFMs will only be appointed as a last resort when a city is on the verge of collapse.
Snyder says Detroit is not the only city in trouble and he's working closely with Mayor Bing and city council to avert a crisis.
Regarding the continuation of incentives for the film industry the Governor says "as a businessman I know that giving back forty two cents of every dollar is a bad deal."
However he's hoping the industry will accept a lower return.
He signed legislation at Greenfield Village Thursday to continue funding the profitable tourism campaign, Pure Michigan.