DETROIT (WXYZ) - Protesters greeted Governor Rick Snyder as he arrived at Thursday morning's Michigan Chronicle Pancakes and Politics breakfast at the Detroit Athletic Club.
This is the kick off of the eighth "season" of the Chronicle's Pancakes and Politics series. The events bring business and civic leaders together in a forum to discuss pressing issues in the community.
Governor Snyder is the featured speaker at today's event.
The protesters say they are rallying to protest the state's new Right to Work law. The law, which was passed last year during a lame duck session of the legislature, went into effect on Thursday.
"I am glad to be here," said Governor Snyder. "If there are tough issues we need to talk about them."
The governor spoke to the crowd inside the DAC about why he supported right to work legislation. He says it wasn't something he wanted to take up because he knew it would divide the state. As unions and republicans fought over it he says he found himself in the middle.
"It wasn't going away," said the governor. "You hired me to be governor, to make decisions."
Protesters outside say the legislation should not have been passed without public debate at the end of a lame duck session.
The governor also answered questions about his vision for Detroit. The law expanding the emergency financial managers powers, beyond finances creating emergency managers, also went into effect today.