Site Selector: Right-to-Work Helps States Create Jobs, Among Other Benefits

In a column for Inside INdiana Business, Larry Gigerich of Ginovus lays out the case for right-to-work in plain English.

1. Percentage Growth in Non-Farm Private Sector Employees (1995-2005)
a. Right to Work States: 12.9%
b. Non-right to Work States: 6.0%

2. Average Poverty Rate-Adjusted for Cost of Living (2002-2004)
a. Right to Work States: 8.5%
b. Non-right to Work States: 10.1%

3. Percentage Growth in Patents Annually Granted (1995-2005)
a. Right to Work States: 33.0%
b. Non-right to Work States: 11.0%

4. Percentage Growth in Real Personal Income (1995-2005)
a. Right to Work States: 26.0%
b. Non-right to Work States: 19.0%

5. Percentage Growth in Number of People Covered by Employment Based Private Health Insurance (1995-2005):
a. Right to Work States: 8.5%
b. Non-right to Work States: 0.7%

As noted above, right to work states create more private sector jobs, enjoy lower poverty rates, experience more technology development, realize more personal income growth, and increase the number of people covered by employment-based private health insurance. These facts provide public policy thought leaders with compelling information regarding the importance of being a right to work state. Many of the states that are faring most poorly in terms of unemployment rates and economic growth are non-right to work states. Most assuredly, this is not the only reason, but it is an important contributor to these states’ struggles. It is important for state-level policy makers to remove any barriers to economic growth in their state. A non-right to work state changing to a right to work state is an excellent example of how leaders can improve a state’s outlook. Elected officials in non-right to work states should seriously examine this issue and consider the potential benefits to their citizens.

3 thoughts on “Site Selector: Right-to-Work Helps States Create Jobs, Among Other Benefits


    your corporate ,anti-hoosier agenda will be the downfall of all those who support RTW.
    why dont you site the impartial studies from ball state,Indiana university,etc..
    why dont you disclose specifically which business support RTW?
    why dont you disclose specifically who is funding the media ads for RTW?
    you claim hoosiers are behind this bill, right? what do you have to fear?
    your greed is only surpassed by your arrogance and you will be held accountable……….

  2. If RTW is good for the economy and if it truly adds to the personal income growth, then why are wages and benefits less in RTW states? How could this be good for the Indiana States tax base with less income and how could lower wages and benefits compute when the chamber of commerce says that it is good for personal income growth? Where does Mr. Gigerich come up with his supposed truths about right to work? Also, if you look at the other states that have right to work, not only are they suffering economically they have higher unemployment. How can this be better for any state and its workers? How can this countries ecomomy flourish without a middle class. We are shrinking by the day and now we are one out of every two people that either live in poverty.

  3. I think this whole thing was pushed down our throat by Republicans just to thwart the Democrats. All politics. NOTHING to do with the WORKING CLASS PEOPLE. It should have been allowed to go to referendum vote. This is another slow erosion of “dumb” Indiana.

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