RTW states F(ailing) in economic growth

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By ED FINKELSTEIN
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The continuing saga of the phony “right-to-work” hit yet another new low last week as the national rating service WalletHub, listing the best states for economic growth, shows yet another “F” grade for RTW states.

Of the 10 states with the best and worst economic activity:

WORST STATES
RTW: 60 percent: six of the worst 10 had RTW laws.
WITHOUT RTW: only four - 40 percent- were ranked in the “worst” category.

BEST STATES
WITHOUT RTW: 70 percent - seven of the top 10 - have NO RTW law.
RTW: 30 percent - only three of the best 10 – were RTW states.

Missouri was ranked 24th of the 50 states, Illinois was 32. With the election of Democrat Jay Pritzker, Illinois’ prospects will soon be improving.

As WalletHub noted, “U.S. economic growth depends heavily on the performance of individual states. But some contribute more than others.”

This is just one of many examples of the negative impact the phony RTW has had on working families in states that have imposed this destructive anti-union, anti-worker law.

Despite Missouri overwhelmingly rejecting the Republican-passed law last year, it was again brought up in the recent legislative session but died. It’s expected to be an issue in the fall session.

METHODOLOGY
In order to determine America’s top economic performers, Wallet-Hub compared the 50 states and the District of Columbia across 28 key indicators of economic performance and strength. The data set ranges from Gross Domestic Product growth to startup activity to share of jobs in high-tech industries.

The survey was conducted as part of the ongoing research efforts of WalletHub, a financial services site based in Washington, D.C. that also offers insights on a diverse variety of community of subjects. Its data and charts are frequently referenced in news articles appearing in Bloomberg News, The Wall Street Journal, Fox News, USA Today, Forbes, Yahoo and The New York Times.


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