CEI Statement on Missouri Right-To-Work Veto

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.