House Speaker William O’Brien says he’s convinced the needed two-thirds vote will happen.
“What drives state economic growth, first, is whether or not a state’s got an income tax. New Hampshire does pretty well with that. The second is whether a state’s got a right-to-work law,” said John Kalb, director of New England Citizens for Right to Work, at a statehouse news conference.
He was flanked by conservative and Tea Party activists. They worked hard during last year’s elections and are working hard now for a law that some say would have been almost unthinkable before Republicans’ big 2010 election gains. The GOP went from the minority to holding a 3-to-1 legislative fdge. But even with that margin, right-to-work backers admit the override is still touch and go.
“We’ve been calling our legislators nonstop, letting them know that this is why the voters put them in their position last November,” says Kevin Smith, who leads the conservative group Cornerstone Action.