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Michigan Democrats set policy goals


Following a historic victory in last week’s mid-term election, Democrats have control of the state legislature and the governorship for the first time in nearly 40 years.

Democrats chose State Representative Joe Tate of Detroit to be the Speaker of the House.

In 2012, Michigan Republicans pushed through anti-union Right to Work laws, which meant some employees were no longer required to join an organized labor group or pay dues.

Tate said Democrats want to repeal Right to Work plus improve conditions and pay for employees.

"Not only safety and environment, but making sure you know that there are opportunities or that you know there's fair wages for Fair Work," Tate said.

Increasing funding for education and infrastructure projects are also priorities for the state Democratic leadership, he added.

Russ McNamara is a reporter and host of All Things Considered for 101.9 WDET, presenting local news to the station’s loyal listeners. McNamara has been working in radio since he was 17 - and in news since 2012. He also worked as play-by-play announcer for Wayne State University basketball for seven years. Born in the Upper Peninsula, McNamara is a lifelong Michigander. He is a 2002 graduate of Central Michigan University’s Broadcast and Cinematic Arts Program.