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New Hampshire’s Governor Says He’ll Veto Right-to-Work, but It Shouldn’t Have to Come to That

After passing through the house just shy of the majority needed to override a veto this week, New Hampshire’s proposed Right-to-Work law suffered a serious blow when Governor John Lynch vocalized anew his opposition to the measure.

Lynch’s spokesman, Colin Manning, said Wednesday the governor has never supported right-to-work legislation. NHPR reports that Manning went into slightly more detail:

“The situation regarding unions hasn’t changed here in decades. It’s worked very well, so the governor will veto right to work.”

Supporters of the legislation are now in a position to find 16 senators to turn. This is unlikely.

In-state labor reps suggest the law is outright wrong and should not require a veto so much as an unbiased, common sense approach to determining what’s best. According to the Economic Policy Institute, all signs point to keeping Right-to-Work out of New Hampshire:

For job seekers looking to relocate to a state with good employment prospects, New Hampshire would be a pretty good choice. The state’s 5.5% unemployment rate is one of the lowest in the United States, its per capita income is among the highest, and in recent years New Hampshire has enjoyed comparatively strong wage growth.

Right-to–work proponents often cite research by economist Richard Vedder, who studied trends in the 1977-to-2008 timeframe as a basis for concluding that states with right-to-work laws are better off economically. In fact, Vedder’s own research shows that this is not the case for New Hampshire. Vedder’s data show that per capita personal income in New Hampshire grew by 78.8% between 1977 to 2008. That was the fifth-fastest growth rate of all states, and faster than 21 of the 22 right-to-work states (only incomes in North Dakota grew faster).

In The Compensation Penalty, another new EPI study, economists Elise Gould and Heidi Shierholz show the depressing effect Right-to-Work has on both union and nonunion workers, finding significantly reduced wages and benefit coverage.


3 Comments on “New Hampshire’s Governor Says He’ll Veto Right-to-Work, but It Shouldn’t Have to Come to That”

  1. A Veto from the governor would be great, but it would be the least he could do. How about stopping Audley constructions monopoly on our highway system? Local 7 Ironworkers are active in NH and their contractors are being pushed to the sidelines when bidding on the states highway system. How many times have you seen their trucks out there?

  2. Republicans are against professional
    Police & Fire Fighter’s – Teacher’s –
    Nurse’s – anything that promotes Living
    wages – benefit’s – retirement and better
    Working conditions, VOTE DEMOCRAT !

  3. Senate vote April 20th 2010 / N.H.
    Apparently passed the “Right to Work Bill”.

    Question : are there enough votes to override
    the Governor’s veto, if yes it become’s LAW.
    Would be tragic to go backwards when many of
    us worked so hard : Local 789 Nashua Fire Rescue.

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