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Daniels’ right-to-work logic is off-base

THE FIRST AMENDMENT

Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.

Updated: February 20, 2012 8:11AM



Gov. Mitch Daniels launched his final State-of-the State address last week saying he sleeps well at night.

“But if I ever do have trouble, I don’t have to count sheep,” he said. “I count all the states I’m glad I’m not the governor of.”

Daniels boasted the state’s credit rating, at AAA, was better than the recently downgraded federal government’s, and he said Hoosiers pay the lowest property taxes in the nation.

Indiana incomes grew at the eighth-fastest rate in the country, and the state’s population is growing, with thousands more college graduates moving into Indiana, Daniels said.

We’re glad the governor thinks Indiana is in great shape, and it makes you wonder why he thinks Indiana needs to become the 23rd state to pass right-to-work legislation if we’re humming along so well. Almost apologetically, Daniels said he studied the divisive issue for a year before deciding to support the bill during his lame-duck year.

As Daniels spoke in the House chamber, union members demonstrated outside in opposition of right to work. Daniels claimed Indiana is losing jobs to right-to-work states, even though Indiana ranks above most of them in most economic categories.

CEO magazine, the governor said, ranked Indiana the sixth-best state for business, up from No. 16. It praised Daniels for cutting taxes and reducing the number of state employees.

While Daniels said labor favors keeping the status quo, that doesn’t seem like such a bad idea. Instead, the GOP has decided to rock the boat in a needless assault on unions.



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