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Tue Feb 7, 2017, 10:27 PM

Bolger questions need for state employee unions

[font color=330099]This article is several days old, but I believe that it merits coverage.[/font]

LANSING The newest member of the panel that regulates state workers is questioning whether Michigan state government needs both unions and a Civil Service Commission.

Jase Bolger, the former Republican state House speaker named to the commission last month by Republican Gov. Rick Snyder, said he brings no preconceived notions to the panel which oversees the state's 49,000 employees. He does, however, come with a goal of reform and will bring to the job a number of questions sure to make state employee unions and their supporters nervous.

"I want to learn more about the history of why we have both civil service and union representation, why that was put into place," Bolger, 45, said during an interview with the State Journal last week. "And every one of us hears stories about rules that are in place that either hinder somebody from getting ahead or excelling at their job, or from the ability to address those who are not performing."

He added: "I do come in with questions, rather than reforms in mind."

Read more: http://www.lansingstatejournal.com/story/news/local/capitol/2017/01/30/bolger-questions-need-state-employee-unions/96825470/

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