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Release Date: 11/15/2015
Contact: Jared Hunt, 304-340-3323; Jacque Bland, 304-357-7999

President Cole ; ; ; ; Tim Armstead

Speaker Armstead, President Cole Respond To Right-To-Work Study Results

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – House Speaker Tim Armstead, R-Kanawha, and Senate President Bill Cole, R-Mercer, issued the following statement after receiving results of a West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research study on the economic effects of right-to-work laws.

The report found adoption of a right-to-work policy in West Virginia would “substantially boost overall employment and output growth in the long run.”

“On the first day of the legislative session this year, we established a process to ensure we would have independent, unbiased economic analyses of major initiatives that come before the Legislature, and that’s what this report represents,” Speaker Armstead said. “This study appears to support what we’ve been saying for some time – that a right-to-work law would certainly be advantageous to job growth in our state and is something we should take very seriously.”

Among its results, the study found:

  • Long-run rates of employment growth are higher in right-to-work states compared to non-right-to-work states.
  • Long-run rates of state gross domestic product growth are higher in right-to-work states compared to non-right-to-work states.
  • Employment growth in manufacturing, construction and mining sectors has specifically been stronger in right-to-work states compared to non-right-to-work states.
  • There is no statistically reliable relationship between right-to-work policies and the rates of change in wage and salary rates.

"For far too long, the status quo in West Virginia has held us back and prevented the kind of economic growth we've seen in other parts of our region,” Senate President Cole said. “This study should encourage us to break from the status quo and fully pursue making West Virginia a right-to-work state. We should eliminate any barriers we have to making our state an attractive place for job creation."

Dr. John Deskins, director of the West Virginia University Bureau of Business and Economic Research and co-author of the study, presented results of the study to the Joint Standing Committee on the Judiciary Sunday, Nov. 15.

Read the study: THE ECONOMIC IMPACT OF RIGHT TO WORK POLICY IN WEST VIRGINIA


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