Right-to-work ad ripped for link to tourism brand - KMSP-TV

Right-to-work ad ripped for link to tourism brand

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The Pure Michigan right-to-work ad that appeared in this week's Wall Street Journal. The Pure Michigan right-to-work ad that appeared in this week's Wall Street Journal.

By Andrea Isom
FOX 2 News

DETROIT (WJBK) -- Michigan's economic development arm is being criticized for buying a newspaper ad touting the state's new right-to-work law with the "Pure Michigan" tourism logo.

In the full-page ad in Tuesday's Wall Street Journal, the Michigan Economic Development Corp. said the law has Michigan poised to be a preferred place to do business. Pure Michigan is mentioned in ad, and the logo also is shown.

Critics say the state's popular tourism campaign shouldn't be tied to the contentious law prohibiting requirements that workers pay union dues or fees. "It's Snyder trying to cover up what he did in a lame duck session," said Brad Manely from the ASCFME. "Passing legislation without the voter's input."

Liberal advocacy group Progress Michigan said it's an inappropriate and partisan misuse of taxpayers' money.

The law takes effect in late March. It's expected to face legal challenges from labor unions.

- The Associated Press contributed to this report

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