Don’t give ’em any ideas

In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker has made no bones about his feelings for workers, particularly those who belong to the unions representing public employees. There’s little doubt that Walker will have to do any soul-searching before signing a newly passed bill that ends punitive and compensatory damages in workplace discrimination cases.

At the same time, Michigan’s Legislature has had no trouble supporting bills that also have the potential to hit workers pretty hard. Notably, Michigan lawmakers last year reformed the state’s worker compensation system in a way that could drastically limit injured worker benefits. And this year, the legislature has been focused on bills that could strike a blow to unions.

The conservative Mackinac Center for Public Policy noted late last year that the pent-up demand for labor and employment reforms is still strong in the Legislature, and predicted that there is more to come this year.

So I wonder — how long will it take for this idea to blow across Lake Michigan and all the way into Lansing? We’ll see.

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