Statement by Competitive Enterprise Institute labor policy expert Trey Kovacs on today's vote in the Missouri legislature that failed to override the governor's veto of crucial right to work legislation:
“In failing to override the governor’s veto, Missouri lawmakers lost a chance to make history and dealt a devastating blow to worker freedom in favor of special interests and Big Labor,” said Trey Kovacs, a labor policy expert for the Competitive Enterprise Institute.
In a report released this week, Kovacs explained how people's incomes and the state's economy would have benefited greatly from becoming a right to work state. See: Why Right to Work is Right for Missouri. Namely, over a three decade period, from 1977-2012, Missouri’s estimated per capita income loss associated with not having a right to work (RTW) law was $3,040, according to data first presented in a 2014 CEI report. Altogether, Missouri’s total estimated income loss from not having a RTW law was over $18.3 billion.