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SBAM responds to attacks on Schuette opinion regarding union-backed “Protect Our Jobs” proposal

August 9, 2012

The Detroit News today reported that supporters of a constitutional amendment to protect collective bargaining struck back against Attorney General Bill Schuette on Wednesday for urging the Board of State Canvassers to reject their petitions.

In response, SBAM President and CEO Rob Fowler sought to correct the record regarding the stance of small businesses toward the campaign. “The Protect Our Jobs campaign claims ‘there’s over 100 small businesses’ that are part of their effort to confuse and deceive Michigan voters. I’m really skeptical that they found even a handful of entrepreneurs who have bought into this unconstitutional campaign. We here at the Small Business Association of Michigan represent over 15,000 small businesses – family-owned job creators who back our policy that strongly opposes the so-called Protect Our Jobs proposal. That policy was formed through a careful, deliberative process that looked at all the implications of the passage of Protect Our Jobs. Our leaders concluded that this deceptive proposal is bad for small businesses, bad for their employees and bad for the Michigan economy,” Fowler said.

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