A plan introduced yesterday by Senate Majority Leader Mike Bishop, R-Rochester, to reduce state spending by $2 billion and suspend collective bargaining for government employees could gain enough interest among voters due to Michigan's budget problems, according to Paul Kersey, the Center's director of labor policy.

Kersey told the Lansing State Journal that, "It would be difficult (to pass), but the seriousness of the situation that is confronting the state of Michigan - the budget difficulties - may open up some things that were previously politically impractical. A crisis will focus the mind, and it will focus the concentration of the voters and politicians."

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Kersey provided this analysis when the plan was first unveiled.

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