Tax Migration Data Show Right to Work Kansas Is Eating Forced-Unionism Missouri’s Lunch

Writing for National Review Online last week (see the link below), economic analyst Kevin Williamson observes that it’s not only notoriously mismanaged forced-unionism states like California, Illinois, and New York that are losing vast amounts of income and productive employees and business owners to Right to Work competitors.

At the outset of his commentary, Williamson focuses on a relatively “moderate” forced-unionism state in the Midwest that is losing out, big time, to a Right to Work neighbor.  It seems as if, whatever other policies a state implements, banning forced union dues and fees is an indispensable reform:

It’s not just Texas eating the economic lunch of basket-case states such as California and New York. Kansas City saw about 9,500 new jobs created between May 2012 and May 2013 — every one of them on the Kansas side of the border, where residents and businesses enjoy a significant tax advantage . . . . Johnson County, Kan., gained nearly $800 million in adjusted gross income between 1992 and 2010, and the biggest chunk of it came from Jackson County, Mo., which is down some $1.78 billion in AGI over the same period.

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