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One year later: Right-to-work protestors are gone, the debate is not

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By: Political Analyst Tim Skubick

The tranquil state capitol Wednesday was in stark contrast to what it looked like and sounded like one year ago when 12,000 demonstrators shouted while Republicans voted. It divided the house Democrats against Republicans.

That was then and now is now.

But 2014 is an election year and Democrats are poised to use right-to-work against the Governor.

"The Governor and his cohorts in legislature promised this avalanche of jobs that was going to be coming to Michigan. In fact, unemployment is higher today that it was a year at this time," says State Rep. Brandon Dillon.

"We've been rated the fourth best state in the country in terms of job growth. I don't know what they are talking about. ... You got to look how it's doing nationwide. We're doing very well in Michigan," says Dick Posthumus, a lobbyist for the Governor.

The state has the third highest unemployment rate in the nation.

"I think we have data to indicate that it's working, to prove it is a different story. These kinds of investments take a long time," says State Rep. Mike Shirkey.

'We know that in states that have so-called right-to-work laws, it doesn't create jobs. What it does do is it lowers wages, it weakens benefits and it erodes work place safety protections," says State Rep. Tim Greimel.

One year later the protestors are gone, the debate over the law is not.

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