Right-to-work laws have become another weapon in the pointless, costly and ultimately zero-sum competition among states to attract new businesses. No factory moves to a new state without the factory’s owners blackmailing the state for a package of benefits that typically includes right-to-work status along with various financing arrangements misusing the states’ power to issue federal-tax-free bonds. For the federal government to be subsidizing all sides of this ultimately futile competition is insane. But studies show, naturally, that states with right-to-work laws attract more new business than states without them. No doubt. That’s not the same as proving that the favors and privileges offered to business by states make economic sense.

Michael Kinsley, making his case against Right for Work laws

Posted on 12/13/2012
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