Funding will continue in fiscal 2011 for the Michigan Department of Human Services to operate the Michigan Home Based Child Care Council, according to the Livingston Daily Press & Argus.

The MHBCCC is the shell corporation created by the state of Michigan and Mott Community College as part of the forced unionization of 40,000 home-based child care owners and operators. The Livingston Daily reported that a proposal to strip the funding was removed during state budget negotiations, and that the agency will have to provide quarterly updates of how it spends the funding.

Patrick Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, told the Daily that lawmakers agreed to the change in order to pass the budget and be able to spend more time campaigning. Legislators tried to defund the MHBCCC last year.

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The MCLF has filed a lawsuit on behalf of three day care owners to end the forced unionization.

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