The same forced unionization problem the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation is battling on behalf of home-based day care owners is now stirring up controversy in the in-home health care provider field.

MCLF Director Patrick J. Wright told the Livingston Daily that allowing state agencies to dictate who is or isn't a public-sector union member is bad precedent.

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"What is the extent of indirect government money going to a business owner that turns them into a government employee?" Wright asked. He also noted that if these decisions are allowed to stand, there could be nothing to stop the forced unionization of any profession whose clients receive government assistance, such as doctors and landlords.

Jack McHugh, senior legislative analyst, has addressed the in-home health care situation previously.

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