The annual state legislative folly that spurs pro-corporate lawmakers to introduce legislation to hack away at workplace rights and wages for millions of middle-class families is well underway. And it is failing — again.
Despite the best efforts of the Koch brothers and their friends at the American Legislative Exchange Council(ALEC), so-called right-to-work measures have already gone down in flames in Kentucky, New Hampshire andOregon. And the path to victory for big business is far from assured in Maine, Missouri, Ohio or Pennsylvania either.
It seems the public is becoming wise to their arguments. People see how the corporate class is putting a reduction in business tax rates first and investment in the future of our communities last. It’s just another attempt by rich CEOs to tip the economic scales even more in their favor at the expense of hard-working Americans.
In Missouri, for example, about a thousand right-to-work opponents showed up at the state capitol late last month to call on lawmakers to defeat a measure current before the House. Many lawmakers there realize the measure is an attempted power grab by the same corporate cronies who have outsourced middle-class jobs overseas and offshore their profits to avoid paying taxes.