Attorney General Mike Cox has made a campaign issue out of going after deadbeat parents. Now, he’s going after what he sees as deadbeat tobacco companies. Eight years ago, they agreed to pay billions of dollars to the states over the next 25 years to settle various health-related legal claims against them. Now this year, the tobacco companies have withheld almost $30 million they were supposed to pay Michigan. They claim they are entitled to do that because they are selling less tobacco. Michigan Radio’s Jack Lessenberry spoke with Mike Cox about this.