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Snyder Reveals Talks with President on RTW


It is rare when a sitting President of the United States does any one-on-one lobbying of a sitting state governor. But it happened to Governor Rick Snyder, as organized labor played every card it had to convince the governor to veto Right to Work legislation including calling in Barack Obama.

Labor was hopping mad. Governor Rick Snyder took the Right to Work issue off his agenda where it had languished for three years and suddenly put it on his agenda. Unions turned out the troops on the capitol lawn, but it went to the White House for help, too.

The Michigan democrats and labor knew the president was coming to Michigan to visit an auto plant. The visit came just before the legislature was going to vote on the issue.

The senate democratic leader, Gretchen Whitmer confirmed that the White House was asked to lobby the governor to veto right to work, but there was another angle to potentially play.

The president was sitting on federal dollars for two Detroit projects, Snyder wanted the second bridge between Detroit and Windsor and a mass transit project down Woodward Ave.

Whiter confirmed that the president was being asked to tell Snyder that the president would sit on the federal money if the governor signed the bill. For the first time here in the WKAR public TV interview, the governor confirms there indeed was a one on one lobbying session, behind closed doors, just he and the president of the United States.

"He wasn't pleased with right to work," Snyder said. (Reporter) He told you that? "Yeah and he said it publicly," said Snyder.

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