Union members expected to lobby at Michigan Capitol
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- The lobbying and rallies at Michigan's state Capitol have begun now that Republican Gov. Rick Snyder has made his budget proposal.
Unions affiliated with the Michigan AFL-CIO say they plan to send 300 to 400 people to the Capitol on Tuesday. They'll ask state lawmakers to oppose bills pending in the Legislature that the union says would undermine organized labor's power to bargain contracts. Some also will lobby against proposals to cut education funding and other measures aimed at erasing a projected $1.8 billion budget shortfall for the fiscal year that starts in October.
A group called the Southwest Michigan Tea Party Patriots says it plans to rally in support of spending cuts to balance Michigan's budget on Tuesday.
Snyder made his budget proposal last week.
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