Michigan GOP moves to strip power of local governments to protect workers and the LGBT community

Originally posted at Eclectablog.com.

Republicans have successfully branded themselves as the party that worships “local governmental control”. They want federal regulations repealed and the power given to the states on all sorts of things from the environment to the Affordable Care Act. But, when it comes to actual local control, where local municipalities set their own rules, the whole idea of “local governmental control” is simply a quaint notion to be dispensed with posthaste to maintain their own control over our state.

Republicans in Michigan are sick and tired of local governments having the audacity to do things like pass local minimum wage requirements or giving the LGBTQ community actual civil rights protections. That's why, on January 22nd, Republican Earl Poleski introduced H.B. 4052 which he calls the “Local Government Employer Mandate Prohibition Act”.