Credit Gov. Steve Beshear with working hard during his first term to bringing jobs to Kentucky and enjoying some success.
We submit his success would have been greater if Kentucky protected worker choice with a right-to-work law.
As a governor who is beholden to the unions, which gave him large political donations in last year’s elections, Beshear is simply holding our state back by not supporting right-to-work legislation.
As if Kentucky didn’t already have enough competition for jobs with neighboring right-to-work states, Tennessee and Virginia, we now learn that the Indiana House and Senate have passed identical right-to-work legislation and Gov. Mitch Daniels is expected to sign it into law.
Good for Indiana. They chose to make their state more appealing to companies looking to create jobs there. No doubt Indiana will be getting some jobs that Kentucky might have landed got if we were a right-to-work state and they deserve to because they chose the right path.
Unfortunately, Mr. Beshear and Kentucky now have another bordering state to the north with an advantage over the commonwealth in the competition for jobs.
Unions in Indiana as well as Kentucky have a large political footprint, but it is important to note that Indiana has a higher union presence than Kentucky. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, in 2010 Indiana’s workforce was 12.2 percent unionized, whereas in that same year Kentucky’s workforce was 10.1 percent unionized.
Indiana was able to get this passed because the House and Senate in that state are controlled by Republicans. Daniels is a Republican as well.
Regardless of party, this is a no-brainer and it is beyond sad that we are stuck with a governor and a Democratic controlled House that won’t even entertain the issue that could attract jobs at no cost to taxpayers.
Politicians in Kentucky should be concerned though since every state south of us is a right-to-work state and 23 states in all, counting Indiana, will offer employees freedom to choose whether they pay union dues or not.
Kentucky has had one hand tied behind its back for decades because it not a right-to-work state. Mr. Beshear and others in the political class can continue to hold this state back which watching some businesses eliminate Kentucky as a potential location right out of the starting gate.
Given the choice, individuals as well as companies, prefer freedom. The Berlin Wall demonstrated that individuals would opt for freedom even at risk of their lives.
In this land that cherishes liberty, the concept of compelling workers to pay union dues against their will some day will be relegated to the dust bin of history in all 50 states.