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Indiana Governor Signs Right-to-Work Law; Michigan’s Fragile Economy Faces New Competition

Mackinac Center policy experts available for comment

For Immediate Release
Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2012
Contact: Michael D. LaFaive
Fiscal Policy Director
Paul Kersey
Director of Labor Policy

MIDLAND — Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels today signed House Bill 1001, making the Hoosier state the 23rd right-to-work state in the nation and the first right-to-work state in the Manufacturing Belt.

Fiscal Policy Director Michael LaFaive and Labor Policy Director Paul Kersey, who have both researched and written about right-to-work issues, are available to discuss this development and its impact on Michigan.

“A right-to-work law is a powerful economic development tool,” LaFaive said. “I worry that without a right-to-work law of our own, Indiana will grow at Michigan’s expense.”  

“The difference between Indiana and Michigan is already stark,” said Kersey. “This now makes the Hoosier state all the more attractive to companies looking to expand, and that includes companies currently in Michigan.”

For more information, please see the Mackinac Center’s “Right-to-Work Resources” page.


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