Right to Work Protests Costs Taxpayers More than $900 Thousand

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The Michigan State Police spent an extra $900,000 on overtime and other expenses to have a large presence at the Capitol during demonstrations against a right-to-work law in December.

A state spokeswoman says nearly $803,000 was spent on overtime. Another $98,000 went toward travel, lodging and other expenses.

The figures released Monday account for security from Dec. 5-12 -- the week in which the Republican-led Legislature passed and Gov. Rick Snyder signed bills ending requirements that workers pay union dues or fees as a condition of employment.

Union protesters crowded in and around the Capitol for two days, and security was beefed up at other times, too.

State police say their large show of force prevented lengthy Wisconsin-style protests that could have led to millions more in overtime costs.


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  • by Name Location: Location on Jan 29, 2013 at 05:18 AM
    Let's not get too upset over the price tag here. In Wisconsin, which had smaller protests than we did, they spent over $10 million in police costs. We spent less than a tenth of that with larger crowds and a larger police presence. Let's give the State Police some credit for keeping the costs low and doing such a good job.
  • by Rick Location: jackson on Jan 29, 2013 at 05:15 AM
    This is total nonsense. What is the point of this story? Who cares how much it cost? What is your point media, that they should have cowered at home and surrendered to the Republican machine? Not to mention you hammed up the poor hot dog salesman who exaggerated his losses as if that was the story of the year (he was more then richly rewarded with donations) What about the loss to unions and peoples wallets? Media is allied with government in a biased way that insures they will not make waves or stir up trouble. Sorry but sometimes telling the truth will upset politicans and your sponsors. Stop catering and coddling them or you have no integrity
  • by Kelly Location: Jackson on Jan 28, 2013 at 02:38 PM
    Perhaps we can recoup OUR money by eliminating some State employees -- $900,000 worth. After all, it is OUR money, and they are OUR employees, and we have a responsibility to live within OUR means.
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