On Thursday, the Illinois State House was debating Right to Work legislation. If Illinois were to pass it right now, it would become the 26th state to do so. Unfortunately, this Right to Work bill was defeated, in which everyone knew it would fail.
This was a phony bill that was introduced by House Speaker Michael Madigan, simply because it wasn’t a real bill. With an overwhelming majority of House Democrats and the language in the bill chosen by Madigan, he knew it would get no support. In fact, nobody voted for it, because the Democrats do not support Right to Work and voted “No”, and all the Republicans voted “Present” because it was a fake bill not sponsored by Governor Rauner.
This vote was done intentionally by Madigan, in an effort to send a political message to Rauner that he and all the Democrats, who control both chambers of the Illinois General Assembly, will never support any Right to Work legislation.
Madigan is no stranger to creating political theater. He controls the entire state and has made numerous attempts embarrassing Governor Rauner, who is doing all he can to turn Illinois around. He and the Democrats claim Right to Work would be harmful in Illinois, but the facts say otherwise for other states that have Right to Work already implemented.
The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics found that states with Right to Work witnessed higher employment growth and higher wage growth than states without Right to Work. Plus, the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis found higher GDP Growth in states with Right to Work.
From 2002 to 2012, the economies of Right-to- Work states grew by a total of 62 percent, compared to only 46.5 percent in non-Right-to-Work states.
This is just one of many stats that prove the effectiveness of Right to Work. It also reduces all the mandates and regulations that hurt unions and businesses. The fact is Illinois is dead last in many economic values and I say it is time to turn that around right now.
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