A Daily Mail editorial from the Charleston Gazette-Mail
CHARLESTON, W.Va. — We hear often from certain quarters that “facts matter” and that policy debates in this state should be more “evidence-based.”
The Republican majority in the state Legislature agrees, and earlier this year it asked the Bureau of Economic Research at West Virginia University to study how right-to-work laws have affected economic indicators in other American states and to predict what effect such a law might have here.
Studies from think tanks — some business-funded, some union-funded — are inevitably subject to accusations of bias and evidence-doctoring. So this study was a good opportunity to hear from a respected, neutral body.
WVU’s study was presented to the Legislature during interim meetings this past weekend, and the results could hardly be clearer.
Over the 64-year period between 1950 and 2014, employment in right-to-work states grew faster — nearly double — than employment in non-right-to-work states…