Missouri State Capitol

The Missouri House of Representatives is considering legislation to allow Missourians the opportunity to decide whether to enact right to work measures in their state. The economic data has repeatedly shown the benefits of allowing workers the opportunity to work without having to contribute or participate in an organization in which they do not wish to.

Americans for Tax Reform supports House Bill 1770 and recently sent a letter to the Missouri House of Representatives where the bill is being considered.

“Dear Members of the Missouri House of Representatives,

I am writing to you today to express my strong support of House Bill 1770. This bill, introduced by Representative Eric Burlison and co-sponsored by Speaker Tim Jones, would empower workers to choose where they want to work without being forced to join a union. Voters would be allowed to decide on the question for themselves in a ballot referendum…

There are twenty-four states which have adopted right to work, by continuing to postpone this initiative Missouri risks being left behind by its neighbors. The economic benefits of these right to work states are many and well documented. Right to work states have shown a 42.6 percent gain in employment from 1990 to 2011 according to the Bureau of labor statistics. During that same period non-right-to-work states gained only 18.8 percent. In the midst of this the Show-Me-State has lagged behind every Midwestern state economically…

It is time to allow Missourians to assert their own worker rights. During the current jobless economy legislators should be doing everything in their power to give their constituents the tools they need to grow their state and decide on their own representation. For this reason it falls to the Missouri General Assembly to act on behalf of the workers of Missouri beholden to whims of state unions. Today I urge you to support HB 1770, a bill which would show solidarity to Missourian laborers. Americans for Tax Reform will be educating your constituents as to how their representatives in the Senate vote on this important matter.


Grover G. Norquist”

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