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Topic - Charles Owens
He forged a reputation as a moderate, can-do businessman-politician, but Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, a Republican, has taken a leap into the political unknown by embracing a right-to-work bill that has put him at the center of an ideological battle with the state's powerful union movement that shows no signs of dying down in the weeks ahead.
"I think that it's going to move our state quickly to the top tier of states in the competition for new business investment and jobs," he said, noting a 2009 survey that found that about 78 percent of his members supported the idea.
"They are not winning the hearts and minds of the public by their behavior at the Capitol. They are stuck in the 1930s, and this is the 21st century," he said. "Those unions that come to grip with that will always have a place in the economy with their members. Those who don't should be worried."