Jan 27, 2012

Indiana RTW Push: Too Extreme for These Extreme Republicans

Just how extreme and out-of-touch is the Indiana GOP's push to ram so-called "right-to-work" legislation down the throats of Hoosier families? Well, here's a hint - some of the country's most right-wing Governors and  state legislators wouldn't touch the idea with a ten-foot pole. From a recent roundup that's been circulating, here are the greatest hits: 

Gov. Scott Walker (R-WI)

Cullen Werwie, Walker's spokesman, said the governor would not be introducing any right-to-work legislation in Wisconsin. [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 1/25/12]

Gov. Rick Snyder (R-MI)

"Right-to-work is not on my agenda regardless of anything else," Snyder told The Detroit News, refusing to say he would sign such a bill. "Having Michigan look like Ohio or Wisconsin is not good for Michigan We'll see what happens in Indiana." [The Detroit News, 1/26/12]

"I don't want to see a bill on my desk," the governor told The Detroit News, when asked whether he'd sign a bill if one were passed by the state Legislature.

"Right-to-work is not on my agenda," Snyder told a business leaders forum earlier Friday. "We have far more important things. How about this road issue?" [The Detroit News, 1/21/12]

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville (R-MI)

Senate Majority Leader Randy Richardville says he doesn't think general or broad right-to-work legislation would pass if it came up for a vote in the Michigan Senate.

The Republican from Monroe says Wednesday he doesn't think a right-to-work law would have the substantial economic benefits for Michigan that some supporters say it would. [Associated Press, 1/11/12]

Richardson had previously told WKAR-TV: Not Right to Work. No, uh, I'm not a believer that that's going to transition the economy at this point. [WKAR, 9/9/11]

Gov. John Kasich (R-OH), GOP House Speaker and Senate Majority Leader

With the announcement of the right-to-work amendment effort, the Kasich administration, Senate President Tom Niehaus and House Speaker William Batchelder repeated the need to reflect on the election's outcome.

"Now's not the time to be taking up or considering these types of issues," said Kasich spokesman Rob Nichols.

Niehaus said in a statement that lawmakers needed to work to build consensus for what steps to take next.

"We just finished a very divisive and contentious election, and Ohioans made it clear they want us to be more deliberate in our approach to major reform," Niehaus said. [Associated Press, 11/10/11]

Kasich later said, when asked about Right to Work in Ohio: I don't think the public understands it, I don't think they're prepared for it, and I would say that anybody that wants to move this thing forward needs to do that before anything else.

And in addition to that, I've just talked about the labor situation in the state, and by and large it's been pretty darned good. At this point, I would say, if you really feel strongly about it, go out and tell people why it's important. [The Maddow Blog, 1/26/12]

Missouri GOP Speaker of the House Steven Tilley

You have to look at the practicality of it. The governor has already came out and said he is not going to support right to work. There is no way I have the votes to override a veto, so were really taking up a divisive issue. … I think it a waste of our legislative time when we can focus our time and efforts on something that we could produce fruit from. [PoliticMO, 1/11/12]

Gov. Tom Corbett (R-PA)

Gov. Tom Corbett would sign right-to-work legislation if the General Assembly were to send him a bill, his spokesman said Tuesday. … But Kevin Harley, Corbett's press secretary, told reporters a right-to-work bill is not a top priority of his right now. Corbett is focused on an estimated $4 billion annual budget deficit, he said. [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, 2/23/11]

1 comment:

Grace said...

It is a very interesting blog. Every officers has different views about this right-to-work. Some of them agree and some are not. Hopefully everyone did the right decision.

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