According to one good government group’s analysis of the state constitution, there exists the option of the “statutory initiative,” which would be forced by the collecting of signatures equal to at least eight percent of the votes cast in the last gubernatorial election.That would be a big lift, of course, and no matter what, if or when this bill passes, Republicans will have forced unions to dedicate resources to rolling back a bad law rather than moving forward.
Will unions and Michigan Democrats avail themselves of this option? Eddie Vale, a spokesman for the labor-funded Workers’ Voice, which played a big role in the Ohio and Wisconsin labor wars, tells me it’s being seriously considered. “The Michigan Constitution allows two other ways to let the people decide this issue on the ballot, and whether it’s one of those options or the 2014 Governor’s election itself, Michiganders will be heard loud and clear,” Vale says. (There may also be another referendum option as well.)
Meanwhile, today's protest keeps building, with reports that the capitol has been declared over capacity and closed. And:
7:41 AM PT: Michigan House Democrats are fighting this out.