Despite the union protests, the state of Michigan has just expanded its job prospects.

Right to Work law already paying off in Michigan

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Via the Detroit News:

Gov. Rick Snyder signaled Friday he will use the state’s new right-to-work law and his other economic policies to try to change the national image of Michigan in 2013.

Less than two weeks after signing the controversial legislation seen as anti-union by some, Snyder said state economic development officials are hearing from manufacturers interested in moving to Michigan.

Snyder said it’s “premature” to name the companies, but indicated Michigan’s foray into the right-to-work movement may help change its image as a union stronghold.

“The phone’s already been ringing at the MEDC (Michigan Economic Development Corp.) since we passed that legislation,” Snyder said Friday in meeting with reporters. “People are starting to look at Michigan.” …

Rich Studley, president and CEO of the Michigan Chamber of Commerce, said his phone has been “ringing off the hook” for the past week with calls from out-of-state business owners and economic development officials seeking confirmation of news accounts they read about the right-to-work law.

“The first thing they say is, ‘Is it true?’ They think they heard it wrong or it must be a mistake,” Studley said.

Given Michigan’s strong union history, I can’t say that I blame these business owners for doubting the headlines.  But fear not, the state is officially now open for business.