Right-to-Work-for-More: Income is Growing in Michigan

Despite union warnings

A new report from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics shows that the personal income of Michigan residents grew 3.7 percent between the second quarter of 2014 and the second quarter of 2015.

Even more impressive, from 2012 through the second quarter of 2015 personal income here has increased by 9.2 percent here (from $382 billion to $417 billion). Nationwide, income growth during this same span was 8.3 percent.

Michigan became a right-to-work state in December of 2012. The law became effective in March 2013.

ForTheRecord says: When Michigan’s right-to-work law was enacted at the end of 2012, unions attacked the measure, warning that income would go down as a result. Among their favorite slurs was to call the new law, “right-to-work-for-less.” So far, the data doesn’t support that claim.

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