News Roundup
9:03 am
Thu February 2, 2012

In this morning's news...

Right-to-Work in Indiana

A law signed yesterday makes Indiana the first right-to-work state in the industrial Midwest. That has stirred discussions in Michigan on the topic, Rick Pluta reports. From Pluta:

Governor Snyder was asked for his thoughts on right to work as he testified in Washington D.C. before a congressional committee yesterday… Snyder did not rule out Michigan becoming a right-to-work state sometime in the future, but says that debate should not take place in 2012. The governor says roads, public transit, and connecting the chronically unemployed to jobs are all higher priorities. But Republican state Representative Mike Shirkey says having a right-to-work state next door in Indiana could force the governor and the Legislature to confront the question. Shirkey says he hopes to have a right-to-work bill introduced before the Legislature begins its spring break in May.

Flint EM

Residents of Flint will have a chance to hear directly from their city’s Emergency Manager this evening. Steve Carmody reports:

An emergency manager has been calling the shots at Flint city hall since the beginning of December. During that time, Michael Brown has limited the power of the city’s elected leaders, fired some city employees and come up with a plan to lift Flint out of its financial crisis… Tonight is the first of nine community meetings that Brown plans to hold during the next month to share his vision and take input from Flint residents. Flint is facing an $11 million dollar deficit this year and the city’s cumulative deficit could be more than twice that.

Six More Weeks of Winter

The famous groundhog known as Punxsutawney Phil saw his shadow this morning which means a prediction of six more weeks of winter. But, here in Michigan, winter has meant mild temperatures and little snow. “The groundhog made his ‘prediction’ on Gobbler's Knob, a tiny hill in the town for which he's named about 65 miles northeast of Pittsburgh. Thursday's ceremony is largely that: Phil's prediction is determined ahead of time by the Inner Circle, a group which dons top hats and tuxedos and decides in advance what the groundhog will predict,” the Associated Press reports.