It’s only been 90 days since Warren County passed the first county right-to-work policy in the country and commonwealth. Yet just the possibility of relocating or expanding their operations in a right-to-work county has resulted in contacts from 30 prospective companies representing more than 3,600 net new jobs and $324 million in new investment.
By comparison, between 2004 and 2014, Warren County announced $376 million in capital investment and more than 1,760 net new jobs provided by new companies attracted to the southcentral Kentucky county. This was considered among the best in the state – but it’s possible the county could match such growth in a matter of months if even only half of the companies that have expressed interest in the county since the right-to-work ordinance passed just 90 days ago.
Another comparison: The entire commonwealth of Kentucky announced 32 new manufacturing-related projects that would create 2,213 jobs for all of calendar year 2014.
Imagine the growth that will occur as local leaders put the economic interests of their constituents and communities ahead of the special interests who want to force all workers to join unions and pay dues. Most of the dollars being paid in dues leave communities and Kentucky altogether and are used for political causes that many dues payers don’t support.
With right-to-work’s success in Boone County, more than a half-million Kentuckians now are covered by right-to-work protections.
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