Patrick J. Wright, director of the Mackinac Center Legal Foundation, said he will explore further options after the Michigan Court of Appeals dismissed - without explanation - the foundation's lawsuit against the state Department of Human Services in a case aimed at preventing union dues from being taken from home-based day care owners.

"The court's decision is unfortunate," said Wright, "since without a vote of the Legislature, the DHS cannot treat our clients as government employees. But what complicates matters is that the court announced its decision in a single sentence and didn't explain its rationale."

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The case, in which the state and two unions created a shell corporation in order to siphon nearly $4 million in union dues from subsidy checks that day care operators get on behalf of low-income parents, has received statewide media attention since it was filed in September.

Tuesday's announcement received coverage by the Livingston Daily Press & ArgusWHMI, the Midland Daily NewsWILX, WNEM and WEYI television stations, The Flint Journal, Petoskey News-Review and Lansing State Journal.